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Common Names: Buddleija, Butterfly Bush, Buddlea

Origin: Asia, Africa, Americas

  • Heavily fragrant flowers
  • Very hardy, easy to grow
  • Range of colours
Hello Hello Plants Nursery Campbellfield Melbourne Victoria Australia Buddleia buddleija purple lilac blue flower

Buddleia are a butterfly haven! The sweet, nectar filled flowers bloom in the summer, filling the air with a heady fragrance and many, many butterflies! They also attract many other nectar loving insects like bees but not to worry, they’re too busy harvesting the yummy nectar than to go anywhere near you and your family.

These fragrant shrubs have soft, great foliage with lanceolate leaves throughout the warmer months. In the autumn the leaves fall leaving the shrub bare and ready to prune. These easy to maintain shrubs enjoy a hard prune in the late winter to clear out any dead wood and to reduce its size. In the spring it becomes aflush with new growth.

Plant Type: Shrub

Uses: Feature Shrub, Cut Flowers, Butterflies

Garden Types: Cottage, Hampton, Woodland, Lush & Leafy


Sun Requirements: A full sun or part shade position.

Water Requirements: Water regularly from spring through to autumn. In hot climates, make sure plant is watered daily to maintain lush foliage but it can tolerate drought.

Soil Requirements: Prefers moist, well-drained loamy soil. However it will tolerate most soil conditions including clay, sandy soils and low nutrient soils.

Fertilizing: Use an all purpose fertiliser such as Charlie Carp All Purpose or Osmocote Total All Purpose during the spring and throughout the warmer months. 

Pruning: Late winter just before budswell, clearing out dead or diseased wood and to reduce the shrubs size to a height more manageable. See our pruning advice page for more information.

Tolerances: Frost, poor soils, heat, drought

Pests & Diseases: Caterpillars (rare)

Key Features

Flower: Small, tubular flowers are tightly packed in long panicles, forming large flower spikes. Heavily fragrant. Found in a variety of colours including pink, purple, blue, yellow, orange, white.

Foliage: Soft green furry foliage. Lanceolate shaped opposite leaves.

Edible: No

Toxicity: N/A

Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Honeyeaters

Which Buddleia To Choose?

There are several varieties of Buddleia to choose from. Here’s a quick breakdown of each of these varieties.

Purple Flowers

Purple flowering buddleia in various shapes and sizes.

Blue Flowers

Blue flowering buddleia in various shapes and sizes.

White Flowers

White flowering buddleia in various shapes and sizes.

Pink Flowers

Pink flowering buddleia in various shapes and sizes.

Yellow & Orange Flowers

Yellow or Orange flowering buddleia in various shapes and sizes.

Still having trouble deciding which Buddleja is right for your job? Check out our quick comparison chart below!

 Foliage ColourFlower ShapeFlower ColourAverage Max. Size
‘Black Knight’GreenPanicle / ConeDark Purple3m x 1.5m
‘Buzz™ Hot Raspberry’Silver greenPanicle / ConeMagenta1.5m x 1m
‘Buzz™ Ivory’Silver greenPanicle / ConeWhite1.5m x 1m
‘Buzz™ Midnight’

Silver green

Panicle / ConeDark Purple1.5m x 1m
‘Buzz™ Purple’GreenPanicle / ConePurple1.5m x 1m
‘Buzz™ Sky Blue’

Silver green

Panicle / ConeLavender purple1.5m x 1m
‘CranRazz’GreenPanicle / ConeMagenta1.5m x 1.5m
‘Buzz™ Velvet’

Silver green

Panicle / ConeMagenta1.5m x 1.5m
‘Buzz™ Soft Pink’Silver greenPanicle / ConeSoft Pink1.5m x 5m
‘True Blue’


Panicle / ConeLavender Blue1.5m x 1m
‘Summer Beauty’

Silver green

Panicle / ConePink1.5m x 1.5m
‘Royal Red’GreenPanicle / ConeDeep Purple Pink3.5m x 4m
‘Pink Delight’


Panicle / ConePink3.5m x 2m
‘Nanho Blue’GreenPanicle / ConeBlue1.5m x 1.5m

Light green

Panicle / ConeLavender purple4m x 2m
‘High Five Purple’Light greenPanicle / ConeLavender purple0.6m x 0.5m
‘White Bouquet’


Panicle / ConeWhite2.5m x 1.5m
‘Wisteria Lane’

Light green

Panicle / ConeLavender purple1m x 1.6m
‘Lo & Behold Blue Chip’Silver greenPanicle / ConeBlue0.75m x 0.75m
‘Lo & Behold Pink Micro Chip’


Panicle / ConePink0.5m x 0.5m
‘Petite Snow White’GreenPanicle / ConeWhite0.75m x 0.75m

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