Buddleja albiflora | Butterfly Bush (no common name)
Buddleja albiflora is a deciduous shrub from the mountains of central China where it grows on steep slopes at altitudes of 3,000 – 6,000 ft. Can be found growing in open woodlands, forest edges and on stream banks. Mature plants can grow to a height of 12 ft in the wild, but often stay shorter in cultivation. The leaves are narrow, toothed and dark-green, and are covered underneath with a fine silvery-grey felt. Its scientific name is a misnomer (‘white flower’) because the sweetly fragrant flowers are a pale-lilac in color with orange centers.
Buddleja albiflora is similar to Buddleja davidii, but has rounded stems as opposed to four-angled, square stems. The long, tapering flower panicles are similar to those of B. davidii, but are more narrow and not quite as ‘showy’, thus B. albiflora is not as common in cultivation. In fact, many folks don’t even know this plant exists it’s so rare. Our seeds were sourced from their native region in China, and were then grown out and harvested at 48 longitude in Zone 8.
Seeds germinate with heat, humidity, and light. Do not cover tiny seeds with soil. Seedlings start out extremely tiny, so the most delicate of care must be taken for the first few weeks.
We are one of the only seed banks in the WORLD to offer these seeds.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 8-12 ft
Mature width: 5-8 ft
Hardiness zones: 6-9