About This Plant

Buddleja alternifolia, commonly known as the alternate-leaved butterfly bush or fountain butterfly bush, is a deciduous shrub known for its graceful, arching branches and attractive, fragrant flowers. Unlike the more common Buddleja davidii, this species blooms on the previous year’s wood.

The Story


Buddleja alternifolia features leaves that are lance-shaped, measuring approximately 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) in length and 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) in width. The leaves are arranged alternately on the stems, giving the plant its specific epithet “alternifolia.”


The plant is characterised by its long, pendulous clusters of tubular flowers, which can range in colour from shades of purple to lilac and pink. These fragrant blossoms appear in late spring to early summer, creating a stunning visual display and attracting butterflies and other pollinators.
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