alternate-leaved butterfly bush

Buddleja alternifolia | Also known as: Buddleia alternifolia | Rating: 1 votes | Print / Pdf

The alternate-leaved butterfly bush, a great alternative to netting!

If you’re tired of a boring garden design, let your imagination take flight by allowing the sensational buddleja alternifolia or alternate-leaved butterfly bush to wing its way into your garden. This brilliant bush will stop onlookers in their tracks with its graceful curving branches and densely clustered rows of flowers that cascade down in a riot of colour and fragrance. The silvery-green foliage provides a beautiful contrast to the purple flowers, making this shrub a truly spectacular show-piece. The alternate-leaved butterfly bush can grow in full sunlight or partial shade and does well in moist loamy, sandy, clay or chalky soil. This shrub is a great standalone feature but also takes flower beds and borders to new heights. If you have a wall you want to hide, allowing this shrub to grow in front of the wall is an ideal way to cover up unsightly areas.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 4
Spread [m]
  • 4
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and foliage
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Wildlife gardens
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Specimen
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years