Buddleja davidii var. nanhoensis (Chitt.) Rehder

Butterfly Bush

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Parent: Buddleja davidii

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 4 to 6' tall and 3 to 5' wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


This variety of which plants are growing in this Arboretum differs from the other described forms chiefly in its lower stature with slender spreading branches, in the rather narrow, lanceolate leaves... and in the slender and rather loose inflorescence measuring only about 3.5 cm. through; the fragrant flowers are pale lilac with small orange eye... (J. Arnold Arbor.)

Attractive to bees and butterflies.


'Monite' ('Nanho Alba', 'Nanho White', Petite Snow™) - compact (6 to 8') dense form with blue-green leaves and white flowers.

'Monum' ('Nanho Purple', Petite Plum™) - compact (5' tall and wide) gray-green leaves and purple flowers.

'Mongo' ('Nanho Blue', Petite Indigo™) - compact (5' tall and wide (8' - Dirr)) gray-green leaves and mauve-blue flowers.


Introduced in 1914 by R. Farrer from the Nan-ho valley, Kansu, China.

Published in [pub:/JAA J. Arnold Arbor.] 5: 240 in 1924.

Basionym is Buddleja variabilis var. nanhoensis Chitt.

Accepted name is Buddleja davidii Franch.


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