Buddleja davidii Cultivars

A comprehensive list of B. davidii cultivars and hybrids.

Over one hundred and sixty Cultivars and Counting
- updated November 2014

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Text only at this stage. Images of many of these can be found on the My Cultivars Page or by using Google, but remember that Buddleja is often spelt Buddleia. Where I know the origin of the plant this is indicated. Hybrids are included but excluding the F2 Buddleja x weyeriana cultivars, which can be found on their own page. Acknowledgments to the RHS Buddleja Euro-Trial Report 2010, the book 'Buddlejas' by David Stuart and to Andrew Bullock at the Lavender Garden.

PBR means Plant Breeders' Rights and AGM refers to the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Syn.= synonym where plants are known by several names.

Name Flower
Colour
Notes
Adonis Blue
syn. Adokeep' PBR
Navy Blue One of the Butterfly series from the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK. Dwarf bush with an open habit.
African Queen Deep Purple Large upright shrub. Second only to Black Knight for depth of colour.
Amplissima Purple/Mauve An old French cultivar dating to 1911. Large, deciduous and needing a moderate climate.
Antoinette Unknown From Shapcott Garden Nursery, Devon.
Argus Velvet
syn. Inspired Violet
Violet Sterile hybrid of B. davidii and B. lindleyana.
Argus White
syn. Inspired White
White Sterile hybrid of B. davidii and B. lindleyana.
Asian Moon Purple Hybrid with B. asiatica, this is triploid and sterile. From the USA, hardiness is untested in UK.
Attraction Deep pink to maroon From Mike Dirr at the University of Georgia, has some B. weyeriana in its make-up. Supposedly an improvement on Royal Red.
Autumn Beauty
syn. Beijing
syn. Clive Farrell
Pale lilac Recently introduced and is a very late, autumn flowering cultivar (or sub-species) that has picked up a surprising number of names
Black Knight Dark purple This large shrub is the darkest purple Buddleja so far, sometimes mis-named Dark Knight. The flowers have a large yellow eye and a very strong scent.
AGM 1993
Bicolor
syn. Flower Power
Mauve fading to butterscotch B. weyeriana x B. davidii hybrid from Mike Dirr, University of Georgia. Flowers start mauve and then fade to the second colour.
Big Blue Blue-violet Very fat, pale blue-violet flowers. From Halcyon Plants, South Wales.
Bishop's Velvet Deep purple Uniform purple with a reduced eye.
Blaze Pink Pink From Ball Horticultural.
Blooming Butterflies:
Blue Morpho
Blue-lavender From Wayside Gardens, SC, USA. Low growing and dense habit.
Blooming Butterflies:
Jezebel
Bright purple From Wayside Gardens, SC, USA. Low growing and dense habit.
Blooming Butterflies:
Plum Judy
Deep pink From Wayside Gardens, SC, USA. Low growing and dense habit.
Blooming Butterflies:
Painted Lady
Mauve pink From Wayside Gardens, SC, USA. Low growing and dense habit, with yellow foliage.
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Great Southerm White
White From Wayside Gardens, SC, USA. Low growing and dense habit.
Blue Boy
syn. Boy Blue
Medium Blue B. weyeriana x davidii from Peter Moore, Longstock. Large orange eyed flowers and very vigorous.
Blue Horizon Dark Blue Tall, upright plant with the best blue flowers. AGM awarded 2010.
Bonnie Light lavender From Mike Dirr at the University of Georgia.
Border Beauty Dark pink to mauve Upright and neat growing habit. Plant has unusually dark stems.
Boskoop Beauty Dark pink Easily mistaken for Border Beauty and possibly the same plant.
Brown's Blue Blue From Shapcott Garden Nursery, Devon.
Burncross Pale violet New variegated and dwarf cultivar from Blooms of Bressingham, wide white leaf margins.
Burgundy Bright purple Also has dark leaves.
Butterfly Ball China blue/
White
The name has been applied to dwarf white and light blue cultivars.
Butterfly Heaven Violet From Blooms of Bressingham. Compact and floriferous.
PBR
Buzz Ivory
syn. Tobudivo
White One of a series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Buzz Lavender
syn. Buzz Violet
syn. Tobudviole
Lavender One of a series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Buzz Magenta
syn. Buzz Pink Purple
syn. Tobudpipur
Magenta purple One of a series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Buzz Magenta Improved Bright Magenta An improved version, slow to replace the original cultivar.
Buzz Sky blue
syn. Violet blue
syn. Tobudskyblu
Violet blue One of a series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Buzz Red
syn. Buzz Velvet
syn. Tobudvelve
Cerise In the series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Currently availble from Van Meuwen.
Buzz Indigo
syn. Buzz Midnight
syn. Harkstead Indigo
Dark Blue-purple Latest release in the series of very small cultivars from Thompson & Morgan, suitable for containers.
Camberwell Beauty
syn. Camkeep PBR
Mauve-purple One of the Butterfly series from the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK. Dwarf bush with a bushy habit and large branched flowers. Awarded the AGM in 2010.
Car Wash Very pale lilac-blue -
Castle School Pale violet Early flowering and very fragrant. From Sampford Shrubs, Devon.
Cardinal Maroon A colchicine induced sport of Royal Red selected to be smaller.
Carminea Lilac-pink Irish cultivar.
Carroll Deep Lavender Dark lilac to lavender -
Charming Lilac Pink Also there is a Pink Charming in the USA, possibly leading to a confusion with Pink Delight.
Concord Deep purple/blue -
Colour Fountain Blue
Syn. Foot Long
Lavender-lilac. Very small cultivar with large flowers, part of the Alan Titchmarsh Collection from Thompson & Morgan.
Cotswold Blue Dark Blue From The Lavender Garden, Gloucestershire.
CranRazz Pink-red Another nearly-red cultivar, this time from Ball Horticultural.
Croyde Mauve-purple. Unusually long panicles. From Sampford Shrubs, Devon.
Darent Valley White Long flowers on a manageable bush. Recommended for the AGM subject to availability.
Darkness Dark purple-blue USA cultivar
Dartmoor Lilac purple Very large and vigorous cultivar with impressive branched flowers.
AGM 1993
Dart's Ornamental White White From Dart's Nursery, Netherlands. Average white cultivar.
Dart's Papillon Blue
Syn. Pixie Blue
Pale blue Formerly called Pixie Blue despite being a big cultivar. Greyish foliage.
Dart's Purple Rain Purple Exceptionally long flower heads and rarely sets seed.
David Griffin Unknown -
Deep Lavender Deep lavender lilac USA plant, ruffled flowers with large orange eye,
Dubonnet Dark pinky-purple An older, large cultivar.
Dudley's Compact Lavender Lavender -
Ecolonia Violet Small neat bush with excellent greyish foliage but small dull flowers.
Ellen's Blue Dark Violet blue Possibly a seedling of Lochinch, rich dark flowers, grey foliage, smaller cultivar.
Empire Blue
Blue violet Not the best and small flowers but still in wide cultivation. Excellent scent and upright habit.
AGM 1993
Evil Ways Purple From the USA, has yellow foliage.
Fair Lady Purple-pink -
Fascinating Lilac pink Could be confused with with Fascination. Some descriptions have this name for a purple flowered form.
Fascination Lilac pink Old USA cultivar (1940), may be the same as Fascinating.
Flaming Violet Violet Unremarkable culitvar.
Flutterby Hybrids Various Details of the Flutterby Hybrids.
Fortune Lilac Paler lilac than average and fading towards the centre.
Foxtail Violet-purple From the Lavender Garden, flowers shaped like a fox-brush.
Funky Fuchsia Deep pink From Mike Dirr and First Editions
Glasnevin Hybrid
syn. Glasnevin Blue
China blue Small shrub like a pale blue var. nanhoensis, believed to be have some B. fallowiana heritage.
Golden Sovereign Blue violet Sport of Empire blue with yellow foliage.
Gonglepod Pink-lilac Narrow Nanho-type leaves with very fine pink to lilac flowers in distimctive panicles.
Greenway’s River Dart Pale blue From the Garden of the late Agatha Christie. Branched flowers that are unusual for this colour.
Grey Dawn Gery-blue From The Lavender Garden, Gloucestershire. The flowers are frequently branched like Dartmoor.
Griffin's Blue Blue Similar to Ellen's Blue.
Groovy Grape Deep blue-purple From Mike Dirr and First Editions
Guinevere Dark Purple Large USA cultivar from Mike Dirr, University of Georgia. Rivals Black Knight for colour,
Halcyon Red Reddish purple From Halcyon Plant, South Wales.
Harlequin Maroon A sport of Royal Red with narrow white variegation on the leaf margins.
Heath Unknown -
Ile de France Dark lilac-purple Several slightly differing cultivars were submitted to the RHS trial. Not clear which is the genuine article.
Imperial Purple Purple Royal Purple synonym, so is probably only Royal Red.
Kalypso Mauve purple Strong growing shrub.
Lavender Eyes Lavender Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana from the University of Georgia, flowers have a large orange eye.
Leela Kapila Cerise to maroon Named after a popular Nottingham surgeon. Possibly a sport of Santana with almost totally yellow leaves; not very vigorous and best grown in light shade.
Les Kneale Lilac flushed white Probably the palest colour (other than white) and pale foliage, too.
Lilac Moon Pale lilac Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire. Good pale foliage on a bush that is wide rather than tall.
Lo and Behold!
Blue Chip
Mauve-purple Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana. Short, bushy habit. Flowers are not blue but mauve. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
More on all the Lo and Behold hybrids HERE.
Lo and Behold!
Blue Chip Jr.
Blue Complex hybrid. An improvement on Blue Chip. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lo and Behold!
Ice Chip
syn. White Chip
White Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana. Short, bushy habit. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lo and Behold!
Lilac Chip
Lilac Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana. Very low, lax habit. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lo and Behold!
Pink Micro Chip
Pink Complex hybrid with a short, bushy habit. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lo and Behold!
Purple Haze
syn. Purple Chip
Purple Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana. Low and spreading habit. Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lo and Behold!
Red Chip
syn. Miss Molly
Pink-red. Renamed from Miss Molly for the UK market. A smaller version on Miss Ruby with bigger flowers Developed at the Raulston Arboretum by Dennis Werner, North Carolina State University.
Lochinch Pale blue.

Hybrid with B. fallowiana, which gives it its grey foliage, from the Lochinch estate in Scotland.

Lyme Bay Unknown From the Shapcott Garden Nursery.
Malvern Blue Medium blue-violet -
Marbled White
syn. Markeep PBR
White One of the Butterfly series from the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK. Dwarf bush with a bushy habit and large open flowers.
Masquerade
syn. Notbud PBR
Maroon A variegated cultivar raised at the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK and billed as an improvement on Harlequin. Licence is held by Notcutts Nurseries.
Merry Magic Orchid Deep purple New less invasive USA cultivar of B. davidii from Spring Meadow Nursery.
Merry Magic Purple Purple New less invasive USA cultivar of B. davidii from Spring Meadow Nursery.
Merry Magic Violet Violet New less invasive USA cultivar of B. davidii from Spring Meadow Nursery.
Miss Molly
Syn. Red Chip
PBR
Pink-red Small cultivar from Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University which is billed as closer to red that previous cultivars (Miss Ruby X Attraction).
Miss Ruby
PBR
Dark pink-red Small cultivar from Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University (White Ball X Attraction).
Miss Violet Violet New small cultivar from Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University.
Monarch Series:
Crown Jewels
Magenta New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA. This one has yellow foliage as an added feature.
Monarch Series:
Dark Dynasty
Deep purple New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Monarch Series:
Glass Slippers
Pale lavender-blue New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Monarch Series:
Jousting Jester
Orchid Pink New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Monarch Series:
Princess Bride
White New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Monarch Series:
Royal Falls
Amethystpurple New series of smaller cultivars from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Monarch Series:
Queen of Hearts
Magenta New series from Walters Gardens, MI, USA.
Mongo Pale lavender Longer flowering season compared to most. RHS lists this as a synonym for Nanho Blue
Moonshadow Pale lilac Flower centre fades to white
Moonshine
syn. Buddma PBR
Pinky purple New Dutch dwarf with pale foliage.
Nanho Blue
Syn. Nanho Petite Indigo
Denim blue Old cultivar of B. davidii var. nanhoensis with small, narrow grey foliage.
AGM 2002
Nanho Purple
syn Petite Purple, Monum
Bright purple A cross between Royal red and Nanho blue. Abundant short, arching flowers
AGM 2002
Nanho White
syn. Petite Snow, Monite
White B. davidii var. nanhoensis white form
Niche's Choice Purple pink Fresh green foliage
Nike Lilac pink Large flowers.
Niobe Mauve -
Opera Fuchsia pink Long flowers
Operette Fuchsia pink Colchicine-induced seedling of 'Opera' that is smaller.
Orchid Lavender to pale purple USA culitivar from Niche Gardens, NC.
Orchid Beauty Bluish lilac Fine cultivar with distinctive panicles that have several rounded levels of decreasing size.
Orpheus Dark blue Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire. The flowers have a white ring around the orange eye and are very distinctive
Panache Deep purple/blue Large branched flowers but it is given to flopping under their weight.
Peace White Resembles a vigorous form of White Ball.
Peacock
syn.Peakeep PBR
Deep pink One of the Butterfly series from the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK. Bigger than the other Butterfly series. Loses most of its leaves in Autumn.
Persephone Mauve-purple Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire. Attractive soft, rounded and greyish foliage. Good consistant flower colour with a particularly red eye.
Pink Delight
syn. Pink Perfection
Shocking pink A very good cultivar with large bright flowers. Neat growth habit and grey foliage from its complex ancestry including B. fallowiana (via West Hill).
AGM 1993
Pink Pagoda
syn. Inpsired Pink
Pink B. weyeriana x davidii from Peter Moore, Longstock. Shell pink flowers in levels. Renamed "Inspired Pink" for the USA market.
Pink Pearl Lilac pink A large plant and not the best pink, could be easily mistaken for a feral Buddleja.
Pink Spread
syn. Pink Spreader
Bright pink Excellent flower colour. Spreading rather than upright habit.
Pixie Blue Pale blue Same as Dart's Papillon Blue
Pixie Red Maroon Supposedly a dwarf version of Royal Red but in practice no different.
Pixie White White Smallish white cultivar
Potter's Purple Purple Vigorous cultivar.
Princetown Purple Purple Vigorous cultivar similar to Dubonnet.
Psychedelic Sky Bright mauve-blue From Mike Dirr and First Editions
Purple Cascade Purple -
Purple Emperor
Syn.'Pyrkeep' PBR
Purple One of the Butterfly series from the East Malling Research station in Kent, UK. Dwarf bush with narrow foliage and compact habit.
Purple Friend Purple Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire. Good dark flowers on a smaller bush.
Purple Prince Reddish purple -
Raspberry Eyes Purple Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana.
Raspberry Wine Mauve-rose Often produces two spiked flowers.
Red Admiral Maroon purple Probably a synonym for Santana.
Reve de Papillon Rose
Minpap PBR
Pink New smallish, French series.
Reve de Papillon White
Minpap2 PBR
White New smallish, French series.
Reve de Papillon Blue
Minpap3 PBR
Blue New smallish, French series.
Royal Purple Purple-red Possibly shade more purple than Royal Red although it may actually just be Royal Red.
Royal Red Maroon purple Old cultivar but still offers one of the best colours. Large, upright shrub.
AGM 1993
Royal Red Variegata Maroon purple Variegated version of Royal Red, possibly only a synonym for Harlequin.
Salcombe Purple Small, neat shrub from Seaside Plants, Devon.
Santana Maroon purple Another sport of Royal Red with deep yellow variegation.
Shapcott Lavender Lavender From Shapcott Garden Nursery, Devon
Shapcott Violet Violet From Shapcott Garden Nursery, Devon
Shire Blue Steely mid-blue Flowers have reflexed petals. Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire.
Silver Lilac Pale lilac Flowers have mosaic effect, shrub has a neat habit. Recommended for AGM 2011 subject to availability.
Sir John Pink-purple Splotched yellow variegation from Stone Green Nurseries, Kent.
Southcombe Splendour Mid-blue to violet Erect flower spikes and upright habit.
Spikehead Bright purple Very pointed panicles.
Strawberry Lemonade Pink White/green variegated foliage and pink flowers. From the USA.
Sugar Plum Dark pinky red A recent cross between Summer Beauty and Royal Red by Peter Moore at Longstock. An improvement on Summer Beauty.
Summer Beauty Rose pink Sensitive cultivar that is a sibling of Pink Delight. Tidy plant with soft, greyish foliage.
Summer House Blue Light blue A random seedling from the Longstock Nursery, smallish shrub with grey foliage.
Summer Skies Light blue-violet A small shrub from the USA with cream/green variegated foliage, looks similar to Burncross.
Sunkissed Violet Unremarkable colour.
Three-in-One White, pink and purple American novelty. Not actually a variety but achieved by inter-weaving three separate plants.
Thundercloud Unknown -
Tovelill Violet-mauve Routine cultivar from Germany.
True Blue Blue From Ball Horticultural.
Twilight Dark purple-pink Vigorous USA culitivar.
Twotones Blue and Purple Large shrub with nanhoensis heritage. Flowers have a two-tone mosaic effect. Raised at The Lavender Garden, Gloucetershire.
Variegata
syn. Florence
Pale violet Much deeper white variegation compared to Harlequin.
Violet Eyes Violet Large growing complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana.
Violet Message Dark violet Medium size cultivar from Holland.
West Hill Pale violet to lilac

Another hybrid with B. fallowiana, which gives it its grey foliage, from the Lochinch estate in Scotland.

White Ball White One of the smallest cultivars, the 'Ball' refers to the growth habit and not the flowers. Slightly deformed, greyish foliage from the congested growth habit.
White Bouquet White One of many similar white cultivars.
White Butterfly White -
White Cloud White -
White Eyes White Complex hybrid of B.globosa, B,davidii and B.lindleyana.
White Harlequin White Variegation similar to Harlequin, very prone to reversion.
White Profusion White Considred a particularly good white cultivar.
AGM 1993
White Spread White Spreading habit
White Wings White Wider, branched flowers
Widecombe Violet blue Narrow foliage
Windy Hill Purple USA cultivar bred for hardiness to Zone 9.
Windtor Blue violet Similiar to Lochinch but darker flowers.
Yeti White White From Ball Horticultural.

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