Buddleja/Buddleia Davidii, ‘feral’
The Orange-Eye Butterfly Bush, or Summer Lilac (known formerly as Buddleja variabilis because of the large, natural variation in the wild population), is a fast-growing, semi-evergreen shrub that has an upright, stretching habit, capable of reaching 12-15 ft! The largest feral and garden specimens can become small trees, but can be kept a more modest size in a garden by regular pruning. This feral variety is noted for its vigor, beauty, abundant blooms, and for being drought tolerant. Its ability to grow on waste ground, demolition sites, railway-lines and even in the mortar of walls is remarkable. Native to China its natural habitat consists of forest clearings, riverbanks and limestone outcrops.
Wild Buddleja Davidii has long, arching branches with tapering spires of massed, fragrant flowers of various colors ranging from white to light pink to lavender to magenta/purple. Bloom starts in early summer and continues into autumn. If deadheaded flowering will persist until first frost. The highly aromatic honey-scented flowers are highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators.
These seeds were collected from an open pollinated feral plant. Germination tests have confirmed their viability. These were the largest seed-grown B. Davidii plants we had in our garden with seed plants reaching over 7 ft in height the same year (when started indoors in late winter.)
Height: 12- 15 ft
Zones: 5- 9