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Buddleja alternifolia

Description

Alternate-leaf Butterfly Bush is easy to distinguish from other Buddleja's because its leaves are alternate instead of opposite.  Plant in full 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.  This plant attracts butterflies, is seldom damaged by deer, is drought tolerant, as well as tolerates some clay soil.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Argentea'
  • 'Nanho Purple'
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#lilac#light shade#shrub#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#wildlife plant#purple flowers#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#lilac flowers#clay soil#fast growing#summer flowers#deer damage#dappled sunlight#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Argentea'
  • 'Nanho Purple'
Tags:
#purple#fragrant#white#butterflies#sun#deciduous#fall color#yellow#full sun#fragrant flowers#summer#drought tolerant#lilac#light shade#shrub#gray leaves#silver leaves#white leaves#wildlife plant#purple flowers#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#lilac flowers#clay soil#fast growing#summer flowers#deer damage#dappled sunlight#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Species:
    alternifolia
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    N. & S. Central China
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant is seldom damaged by deer. This plant attracts butterflies.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    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
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • 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
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    12-24 feet
    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:
    Bright, lilac-purple flowers in dense clusters in summer. Flowers are produced on the previous season's growth so prune right after flowering. 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