Buddleja stachyoides | Argentine Butterfly Bush
Buddleja stachyoides, with a not so commonly known common name of Argentine Butterfly Bush, is one of the most widespread members of the Buddleja genus in South America where it is endemic to woodland edges, roadsides and riversides in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. It was first introduced to Europe as B. australis in 1822, when the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh grew it from seed received from a Russian source. The plant was then described and renamed B. stachyoides.
This 4-6′ tall plant is drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and adored by hummingbirds. The 1+ ft long terminal spikes of bright orange flowers open from the bottom to the top, sometimes nearly year-round in mild climates (zones 9 and above). Here in zone 8 it still sporting flowers well into November/December if no hard freezes. Will die back around 25 degrees F.Root hardy to at least 18 degrees F. Great for sun rooms since it can flower all winter.
This is one of the parents of the modern Buddleja hybrid, ‘Orange Sceptre’. The resemblance is apparent.
We are one of the only seed banks IN THE WORLD to offer this plant.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 4-6 ft
Mature width: 4-6 ft
Hardiness zones: 9-11
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