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Buddleia, Buddleja davidii


Short description of Buddleja davidii, Buddleia

A medium to large perennial shrub with long arching branches. The lilac/purple (sometimes white) flowers occur in dense pyramidal shaped panicles, which produce large quantities of nectar. The opposite leaves are lance shaped, deep green above and white-tomentose below.

Description of Buddleja davidii, Buddleia status in GB

An increasing, naturalised garden escape, that is especially prevalent on urban and disturbed sites.

Habitat summary: Buddleja davidii, Buddleia

In its native distribution a species of riverside thickets. Across both its native and non-native distribution it rapidly colonises natural and disturbed habitats. It can tolerate a wide range of soil types and conditions, but prefers dry open sites and is frost tolerant.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: China
Functional type: Land plant
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: v.c.48 (Harlech)
Date of first record: 1922

Distribution map

GB Distribution from BSBI

Author's name:

Jane Squirrell

Last updated:

November 26th 2015

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