Buddleia alternifolia Scrophulariaceae
Alternate-leaf Butterfly Bush, Fountain Butterfly Bush
- Broadleaf deciduous large shrub or small tree, may reach 30 ft (9 m) high, but usually less, stems slender,
long, arching/pendulous. Leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate, 1-7 cm long (smallest on
floral branches), tip pointed (acuminate), base wedge-shaped, margin entire, dark green to silvery green,
gray tomentose below. Flowers small, lilac-colored, mildly fragrant, borne in nearly cylindrical
clusters, about 5 × 3 cm. Blooms in early summer.
- Full sun to light shade. Thrives in poor, dry gravel soils.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native to China.