Buddleja alternifolia Maxim.

Alternate-leaved Butterfly Bush, Fountain Butterfly Bush

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 8 to 15' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Arching branches with willow-like habit and lance-shaped leaves (greyish below). Can be a vigorous spreader. Flowers on old growth so plants should not be cut back, unlike other Buddleja species. Blooms are purple-lilac in clusters along the leaf axils in spring.


Published in Bull. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg 3: 26: 494 in 1880.

Native to China.


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