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Thursday, 21 April 2016

FFF231 - BUDDLEJA

Buddleja commonly known as the butterfly bush is a genus comprising over 100 species of flowering plants endemic to Asia, Africa, and the Americas, within the Buddlejaceae family. The generic name bestowed by Linnaeus posthumously honoured the Reverend Adam Buddle (1662–1715), a botanist and rector in Essex, England, at the suggestion of Dr. William Houstoun. Houstoun sent the first plants to become known to science as buddleja (B. americana) to England from the Caribbean about 15 years after Buddle's death.

As garden shrubs Buddlejas are essentially 20th-century plants, with the exception of B. globosa which was introduced to Britain from southern Chile in 1774 and disseminated from the nursery of Lee and Kennedy, Hammersmith. Several species are popular garden plants, the species are commonly known as 'butterfly bushes' owing to their attractiveness to butterflies, and have become staples of the modern butterfly garden; they are also attractive to bees and moths.

The most popular cultivated species is Buddleja davidii from central China, named for the French Basque missionary and naturalist Père Armand David. Other common garden species include the aforementioned B. globosa, grown for its strongly honey-scented orange globular inflorescences, and the weeping Buddleja alternifolia. Several interspecific hybrids have been made. Some species commonly escape from the garden. B. davidii in particular is a great coloniser of dry open ground; in urban areas in the United Kingdom, it often self-sows on waste ground or old masonry, where it grows into a dense thicket, and is listed as an invasive species in many areas.

Popular garden cultivars include 'Royal Red' (reddish-purple flowers), 'Black Knight' (very dark purple), 'Sungold' (golden yellow), and 'Pink Delight' (pure pink). In recent years, much breeding work has been undertaken to create small, more compact buddlejas, such as 'Blue Chip' which reach no more than 0.6–0.9 m tall, and which are also seed sterile, an important consideration in the USA where B. davidii and its cultivars are banned from many states owing to their invasiveness.

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27 comments:

  1. I love butterfly bushes. We are seeing a lot of butterflies in Georgia this spring.

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  2. It's a favourite during late summer here.

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  3. Fabulous butterfly bush with intoxicating perfume!
    Thanks for hosting....
    Happy Weekend!

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  4. Das ist eine wundervolle Blüte.
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  5. Oh! It's a beauty I hope to get!

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  6. always a winner except in a cold winter

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  7. A pretty flower with an interesting history! Thanks for sharing, dear Nick!
    Have a great weekend,
    Annie

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  8. A great shrub for the garden! Thanks for your kind comment. You are always so supportive. Groetjes Hetty

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  9. I (and the butterflies) just love the buddlejas. But mine don't survive our wet winters.

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  10. I would like to see the dark purple one! Thanks for hosting!

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  11. I love butterfly bushes, but most of them aren't hardy here. So lovely to see.

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  12. Beautifully photographed, as always. I'd love to have one of the fragrant ones, but alas, they do escape too easily.

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  13. Here it is already to cold for the Sommerflieder (so it's called in Germany). Maybe in May oder June this will be bloomy.
    Have a nice Weekend, Nick!

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  14. Hi Nick!

    What a beautiful species of flower. We also call him Buddleia! Herrlich when there gather all the butterflies !!!

    Greetings from Nothern Germany

    Anne

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  15. Hello Nick,
    I love "Flieder", so beautiful, so wonderful smell!
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni
    http://www.reflexionblog.de

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  16. Heisann... spring is here - happy weekend ;:oD)

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  17. Nick, gorgeous color. Thanks for sharing

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  18. Beautiful! I can't wait for butterflies to migrate through Delaware. Thanks for hosting!

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  19. A great shot......
    Hav a nice weekend
    Jen

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  20. How pretty! So delicate and I love the color.

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  21. Thanks for hosting this lovely flower meme, I also love the color and great macro shot.

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  22. GREAT SHOT. I ONLY WISH THEY HAD N INVASIVE TENDENCY HERE, LOST MY 'BLACK KNIGHT' A FEW YEARS AGO AND IT'S REPLACEMENT THAT FLOWERED LIKE A DREAM LAST YEAR, IS GONE AS WELL. 21 YEARS OF DROUGHT IS NOT NICE FOR THE GARDEN, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE ONLY WATER YOU HAVE EXCEPT FOR RAINWATER FORTHE KITCHEN, GETS MORE AND MORE SALT CONCENTRATION WHEN THE DAMS DON'T HAVE A CHANCE TO FLUSH NOW AND THEN.

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  23. What a lovely blossom! I can see why butterfiles would like them. My step-daughter brought me two of these that should flower next summer and I can't wait!

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  24. Die lilafarbenen Dolden sehen so wunderschön aus, lieber Nick!
    Ich wünsche Dir ein wunderschönes Wochenende! Herzlichst, Nicole.

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  25. Oh, I love this bush! It just doesn't grow very well in Wisconsin and usually does not survive our harsh winters.

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  26. these are such beautiful points for butterflies ! Love your image.

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