Buddleja loricata

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Plant Overview

Buddleja loricata forms a evergreen bushy shrub which is fully hardy in the UK and resistant to drought and heat. Honey scented, creamy-white or sulphur-coloured, orange-centred flowers appear in midsummer and attract many flying insects including bees and butterflies, whilst the wrinkly, narrow leaves are covered in attractive rusty brown hairs.

Unlike most Buddleja, pruning is not required.

Very good for a smaller garden where most Buddlejas would be too big. Flowers in early summer.

Named and described in 1975 by Dutch botanist, Anthonius Josephus Maria Leeuwenberg, B. loricata has only recently been introduced into cultivation.

Naturally occurring throughout South Africa and Mozambique, the plant grows amongst rocks or in moist sheltered places on high mountain slopes above 1800m.

Height: 2m

Common name(s): Buddleia, African Butterfly bush; Mountain Sage

Picture: Ptelea [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
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