Buddleja crispa type agathosma (cultivar) | Cotton Candy Butterfly Bush
Himilayan Butterfly Bush, or Cotton Candy Butterfly Bush, is native to the Himalayas, where it grows into a large shrub in dry, rocky valleys. B. crispa agathosma has the largest leaves of all the Buddleja crispa types, being larger and more deeply toothed. The silver leaves are thick and soft to the touch, tomentose, with the newest growth being almost white. The silver-green foliage is a great contrast to the airy, cotton candy-pink flowers which bloom on last years wood right before the leaves start to grow out. One of the best parts about this plant is the aroma of the flowers in spring, which emit a heavenly cotton candy aroma, so the flowers not only have a fluffy cotton candy look to them, but they smell just like it, too, only better! It’s genus name Agathosma means ‘good fragrance’.
It benefits being grown near a wall or a sheltered position out of the coldest winds, but is fairly hardy once established. Do not let it sit in water-logged soil. Good drainage is a must.
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 5-13 ft
Mature width: 5-9 ft
Hardiness zones: 8-10
- Price is for three cuttings (3)
- Each cutting is 4-9 inches long. May be single top or multi-top.
- Guaranteed to be green, healthy, and alive. Plus pest and pathogen free.
- Guaranteed to be true-to-name.
- Packages are shipped out on Mondays and Tuesdays ONLY.
- If it’s believed the plants are not alive and healthy when you receive them you must let us know any concerns you have within 24 hours of arrival. If we do not hear any concerns within 24 hours it will be assumed that everything arrived in good standing. We cannot be held responsible for mishaps, errors, mistakes, or bad luck after this time frame.
How to prepare cuttings to root via rooting cubes inside a humidity dome.
- Upon arrival, give cuttings a new fresh cut on the bottom of the stem. Then set in a cup of water for a minimum of 15 minutes.
- After soaking, gently cut or scrape small marks into the bottom portion of the plant stem (½ inch) with scissors or a razor blade.
- Dip the scarred end of the stem into rooting gel or rooting powder (gel is superior). This can be done without rooting gel, but results are not as good.
- Insert the plant stem into a rooting cube (Oasis cubes, grow plugs, soil-cubes, rock-wool cubes, etc) and place into a nursery tray with a humidity dome over the top. One cutting per cube. Custom individual humidity domes can be made using plastic cups and/or plastic cling wrap.
- After the first 3-5 days, the humidity dome should be opened up or set ajar to slowly allow more air in as the plants start to root. At this point, the cubes should be allowed to become mostly dry before adding any more water.
- Once 2-3 roots grow out of the bottom of the root-cube, the plant can be transplanted into soil.
- More detailed rooting instructions will accompany your order.