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Shrub Species of the Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) Genus

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Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)
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There are about 100 species in the Buddleja Genus. Several species of Buddleja are popular garden plants, the genus and species are commonly known as butterfly bush due to their attractiveness to butterflies. Butterfly bushes have become quite well known for this reason, they are also attract bees and moths. Some species of Buddleja that have red flowers also attract hummingbirds.

Common garden, landscape Species of Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) include;
  • Buddleja globosa; Commonly known as Orange Ball Buddleia, from southern Chile, grown for its strongly honey scented orange globular flower heads.
  • Buddleja alternifolia; Commonly known as Fountain Butterfly Bush, has lilac colored flowers.
Popular garden, landscape "Varieties" of Buddleja include;
  • "Black Knight" with dark navy blue flowers
  • "Pink Delight" with pastel pink colored flowers
  • "Royal Red" with pink-red flowers
  • "Sungold" with golden yellow flowers

Breeding work has produced a more compact Buddleja, a dwarf variety Lo & Behold(TM) "Blue Chip"(TM) that reaches no more than 2-3 ft (0.61-0.91 m) tall.

Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) Form; most are shrubs, and a few being trees; the largest species reach 30 m (98 ft) tall. Most cultivated ornamental species rarely exceed 5 m (16 ft) tall.
Both Evergreen species of Butterfly Bush (Buddleja) and deciduous species exist.

Facts about the Buddleja Genus of Shrubs
  • Genus Scientific Name = Buddleja
  • Genus Common Names = Butterfly Bush
  • Number of Taxa in the Buddleja Genus = XX

List of Butterfly Bush Shrubs, Buddleja Genus - All known species, taxa on Earth, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second.

Botanical, Latin, Scientific Shrub Name Common Shrub Name Coldest Zone Warmest Zone
Buddleja alternifolia Fountain Butterfly Bush 5 10
Buddleja davidii Purple Butterfly Bush 5 9
Buddleja davidii alba White Butterfly Bush 5 9
Buddleja globosa Orange ball buddleia, Matico ? ?
Buddleia japonica Nectar Bush 7 10
Buddleja lindleyana 'Fortune' Lindley's Butterfly Bush 7 10
Buddleja marrubiifolia Woolly Butterfly Bush 7b 10
Buddleja � weyeriana 'Honeycomb' Honeycomb Butterfly Bush 5 9



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