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Buddleja alternifolia

Description

This plant attracts butterflies, is seldom damaged by deer, is drought tolerant, as well as tolerates some clay soil. This plant likes sun to light shade and prefers loose, organic-rich soil. Its texture is medium to fine. Prune after flowering and remove one-third of oldest stems.

Cultivars:
  • 'Argentea'
  • 'Nanho Purple'
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#yellow#full sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#lilac#light shade#shrub#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#lilac flowers#clay soil#summer flowers#deer damage#yellow fall leaves#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#shrubs#yellow fall color
Cultivars:
  • 'Argentea'
  • 'Nanho Purple'
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#yellow#full sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#lilac#light shade#shrub#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#wildlife plant#purple flowers#nectar plant#lilac flowers#clay soil#summer flowers#deer damage#yellow fall leaves#dappled sunlight#deer resistant#shrubs#yellow fall color
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Species:
    alternifolia
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer. This plant attracts butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Enhancement
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    tolerates some drought and clay soil; seldom damaged by deer
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 17 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    This plant has bright, lilac-purple flowers in dense clusters in summer. Flowers are produced on the previous season's growth. Flowers have a mild fragrance.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has alternate, simple, dull gray leaves which are 1.5-4 in. long and narrow toward the apex. They are grayish-white tomentum beneath. Leaves have yellow fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    This plant has lax, long, arching, pendulous stems.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought