Buddleia auriculata

Flowers smelling of Chanel No. 5 - amazing !
Common name : Buddleia auriculata
Scientific name : Buddleja auriculata
Family : Scrophulariaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
Flowery
Flowery
Buddleja auriculata is an evergreen shrub endemic to southern Africa, growing less than 6 m in height with narrow, lanceolate, and dark green leaves contrasting strongly with the inflorescences, comprising small, loose, off-white panicles, the corollas with yellow throats, in bloom from October to December in the Northern Hemisphere. As it is not hardy below c. -10 °C, it is best grown against a south-facing wall in temperate climates.

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Caracteristics

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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 5a
Height 300 - 600
pH 6 - 7

Identify my buddleja auriculata

A shrub measuring between 2 and 5 meters, with downy stems, opposite, spear-shaped leaves of a green-greyish colour. It flowers in the summer in large, dense panicles of heavily scented violet flowers. There are other types of butterfly bush than Buddleja davidii, with yellow or white foliage.

Plant my buddleja auriculata

Plant from the end of autumn to the beginning of spring, in the sun, in all types of soil except very rich earth. Don't bury the base of the plant too deeply. Tamp down the earth around the roots, form a shallow basin and water until no more can be absorbed.

Mulch my buddleja auriculata

Mulch in November each year to protect the soil — especially for the first few years — and limit weeding.

Prune my buddleja auriculata

In March, every year, prune all the branches, just flush with the ground; this operation is called coppicing, it forces the plant to re-emit stems from its roots. If you notice that your shrub is weakened by competition from taller plants, trim it every other year.

Water my buddleja auriculata

Water in the first weeks if the weather is dry - and soon it will not be needed anymore

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