Definition of buddleia in English:



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

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


Modern Latin; named in honor 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.