Buddleja coriacea

Photos by Plantaholic Sheila

A RARE “Butterfly Bush” that blooms between December and June. Hailing from the mountains of Bolivia and Peru, it’s prized not only for its clusters of attractive orange flowers but also for its handsome 2” long, dark green waxy leaves with contrasting undersides covered in a cinnamon-brown fuzz. Held at the tips of its branches, the scented inflorescences are comprised of 3-8 pairs of cymes, with each 1” cluster filled with 8-12 tiny flowers. They begin an orangey-yellow, and age to an orange-red. Adding to its year round appeal, the bark becomes fissured over time. Grows into a densely crowned, sprawling 10-20’ shrub or tree, branching almost at ground level. Useful as a wind break, a privacy screen where evergreen, or located anywhere you want a tough and beautiful large shrub that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Provide regular water from late Spring to Fall then reduce in Winter so plants do not become water-logged. Mulch to protect from light freezes.

Curious Plantsman

Full Sun
Average Water

USDA zones 8-10