Buddleia alternifolia

Alternate-leaved Butterfly Bush

Plant Type:


Buddleia alternifolia - 1 remaining. A big, fast growing wild-haired shrub with lots of branches, many decumbent, pointing towards the ground creating a large, soft mound. Purple axillary flower clusters erupt up and down stems making extra-long ropes of solid or nearly solid purple strands. Alternate-leaved Butterfly Bush is undeniably fantastic in bloom. Stems are cloaked in glabrous, lanceolate leaves providing a delicate appearance. Originates in Kansu, China. Three-quarters to full sun in fertile, draining soil. If pruning is desired then accomplish this soon after flowering so that new stems will develop and harden-off in time for winter. Those new stems will carry next year's flowers. This will make a terrific filler shrub as part of a screen, a component of a hedgerow or backdrop in a larger perennial garden. And as the common moniker suggests the butterflies will like it, too. Established potted Alternate-leaved Butterfly Bush from cutting.


6-7 ft


6-8 ft


Item Description Price  
BUDALT Buddleia alternifolia (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - true 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $24.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Buddleia alternifolia

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Full Sun
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Hedgerow
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Screen
  • Hedge
  • Filler

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Rapid


  • Draining
  • Fertile
  • Average


  • China

Propagated By

  • Cutting Grown