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Buddleia davidii 'Harlequin'
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Plant Type: Perennials

Reddish-purple flower spikes strike your garden with spectacular summer color!  The variegated creamy golden and green foliage is an added splash of color behind these vibrant flowers.  The terrific fragrance attracts butterflies.

Butterfly Bushes have certainly earned their place in the garden over the years, and its easy to see why. Just when we need a breath of fresh air in the late summer heat, they happily burst into bloom. At a time when many other plants are already spent, Buddleias are just beginning their show. Their passive coloring and texture makes a wonderful backdrop for perennials, and you'll love the butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds that flock to their honey-scented blossoms.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Buddleias should be planted in a full sun location with fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Studies have shown that adding lime to the soil will result in increased growth and better floral quality. They are also moderately drought tolerant once established. Since they frequently die all the way back to the ground in northern winters, it is best to cut back all of the old wood to about 12" in the spring. Doing so will result in more compact plants. They will quickly grow back to their normal height by fall and will flower just as prolifically in late summer since they bloom on new wood. You may notice that the flowers tend to be longer and deeper colored in cooler weather. Buddleias tend to break dormancy late in the spring, so don't worry if you don't see anything happening with them when your other shrubs start to leaf-out. These are very durable and reliable plants.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green with white margins

Plant Spread

5-10 ft.

Good Companions

Plant Height

6-8 ft.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Cut flower, Fragrant, Humidity tolerant, Tall border, Background

Bloom Time

Early to late summer

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests