Definition of buddleia in English:

buddleia

noun

  • A widely cultivated shrub with clusters of fragrant lilac, white, or yellow flowers.

    Genus Buddleia (or Buddleja), family Loganiaceae: several species, especially the butterfly bush

    • ‘They planted a spring flowering cherry tree, two buddleia bushes and a laurel bush, along with daffodil bulbs.’
    • ‘The buddleia is just coming into flower and mid-summer clematis are covered in fat buds that will soon bloom.’
    • ‘Instead of throwing the buddleia, rose or other prunings away use them as hardwood cuttings and plant in a trench in a sheltered part of the garden.’
    • ‘The fountain buddleia (also known as the alternate leaf butterfly bush) has long, arching branches that, when blooming, resemble a lavender fountain.’
    • ‘To the right is a wilderness, abandoned to brambles, ground elder, bindweed and buddleia.’

Origin

Modern Latin; named in honour of the English botanist Adam Buddle (died 1715), by Linnaeus, at the suggestion of Sir William Houston, who introduced the plant to Europe from South America.

Pronunciation

buddleia

/ˈbʌdlɪə/