Scientific name: Buddleja
History: A seventeenth-century amateur botanist named Reverend Adam Buddle was honored when the first butterfly bush reached England in1774. Though most of today’s plants have Chinese ancestors, this plant came from Chile.
This flower is most commonly known as butterfly bush because of its attractiveness in gardens to butterflies, which feed on its scented nectar. Another common name is summer lilac. The flowers also are attractive to bees, hummingbirds and other nectar drinkers.
- the buddleja has many small tubular flowers- therefore it is a heavy drinker, be sure to provide it with flower food and keep the water levels high
- the blooms may tend to dehydrate, misting daily will help to keep the bloom from drying out
- buddleja makes a welcome addition to bridal bouquets – as it very fragrance and the coulor range makes it very versatile
- buddleja is best known for its deep purple flowers, other colours include -pink-red, dark navy,white, purple, with tiny orange centers or “eyes”
- the blooms are clustered on spikes up to 25cm – this adds height and texture to a arrangement, small or dwarf spikes also add contrast to a bouquet.
- using a floral finishing spray with keep the bloom from drying out, and therefore extend the life of the bouquet
It is always a joy to watch a butterfly dance with a bloom, sit back and relax and watch the wonder of flowers unfold before you.