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Buddleja davidii Purple Chip

Butterfly Bush

A dwarf variety with sweetly scented blue flowers

A compact growing Butterfly Bush with silvery grey leaves that are the perfect backdrop for the bright lilac flower spikes. These smother the plants through the summer months, attracting plenty of butterflies, moths, bees and other pollinating insects.


This compact plant is happy in the middle of a sunny border or in a large container on the patio.


Happiest in well drained soil, Buddlejas are easy to look after and very drought tolerant once established. Use a good quality loam based compost for containers and water regularly during the growing season.

Buddleja was previously known as Buddleia

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering July - September
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 60 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 75 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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 Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From April to September