Covered with fragrant, lilac
flowers spring through fall, Himalayan Butterfly Bush makes a stunning backdrop for ornamental
oreganos, or just about any other summer blooming perennial.
Unique among Buddleias or Buddlejas, both the top and bottom
of the Himalayan Butterfly Bush's leaves are felted with silver down.
Himalayan Butterfly Bush makes a
great addition (for zones 6-11) to our
Herb Garden Six Pack
and to our Zone 8 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.
Giant Woolly Butterfly Bush is a tree like form of Himalayan Butterfly
Bush or more accurately a form of Buddleia crispa. We gave it the common
name of Giant Woolly Butterfly Bush because it really had no
common name in commerce that we could find. It was once thought to be a
different species, Buddleia agathosma, but was reclassified in 1996 and
put in the species crispa.
All we really need to know is that it is
big, bold and beautiful. It has the silvery leaves and fragrant lilac
flowers that Himalayan has but is more than twice the size. The
Butterflies love it.
Giant Woolly Butterfly Bush can reach to about 15 feet but can
be pruned and still be resplendent at about ten feet.
While we give this plant a zone 8 rating, there is some confusion
about how much cold it will take. Since we are zone 8 and it does fine
here, we have rated it at this zone. If you grow it in a lower zone, we
would love to hear from you.