Buddleja loricata | Mountain Sage Butterfly Bush
Mountain Sage Butterfly Bush, also known as Loricata Butterfly Bush or Popcorn Butterfly Bush, is an evergreen shrub native to South Africa and Mozambique.
It grows up to 8 ft in height as either a multi-stemmed, bushy shrub, or a small tree that takes on a rounded canopy. Narrow, tapered, dark-green leaves with white downy undersides and small, sweetly-scented, creamy white flowers with orange square centers are held in dense terminal spikes or cymes with hairy stalks and calyx that bloom in summer. Attracts a variety of pollinators to the garden.
The seed capsule is small and covered with fine, creamy-grey hairs that form dense woolly heads, which eventually split open to release very fine, dust-like seeds. Buddleja loricata grows mostly among rocks or in moist, sheltered places on slopes, mountains and sometimes on stream banks at fairly high altitudes.
If any pruning is to be done, it should occur shortly after flowering because flowers will bloom on last years wood.
Deer resistant. Drought adapted and cold hardy.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade
Mature height: 4-6 ft
Mature width: 4-8 ft
Hardiness zones: 7-9