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Buddleja davidii Peacock


Butterfly bush

Easy to grow with consistent results

A compact variety of the common buddleja growing to 1.2m (4ft) with upright stems and narrow, glossy mid-green leaves. Large clusters of purple pink flowers are held on the ends of the branches in late summer. The beautiful fragrance is strong and sweet and the blooms are very attractive to bees and butterflies, hence the common name - butterfly bush. A good addition to a mixed border where it will extend the flowering season into late summer.


Plant in full sun. Ideal for dry gardens and coastal conditions. An excellent choice for smaller gardens and among roses and perennials. 


Any well-drained soil. Thrives on poor soil and chalk. Prune hard in late winter cutting back to 90cm (3ft) or less. Deadheading as the flowers fade prolongs the flowering season.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Patio container, Coastal or drought resistant, Wildlife garden

Typically available

From April to September