buddleia

noun
bud·​dle·​ia | \ ˈbəd-lē-ə How to pronounce buddleia (audio) , ˌbəd-ˈlē- \

Definition of buddleia

: any of a genus (Buddleia of the family Loganiaceae) of shrubs or small trees of warm regions with showy terminal clusters of usually purple or white flowers

called also butterfly bush

Examples of buddleia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias (many different species and cultivars), Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica) and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies into your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019 These include asters, ornamental salvias, caryopteris, perovskia, lespedeza, buddleia and chrysanthemums. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018 This hybrid is a very dwarf form of buddleia (or buddleja), great for small spaces and containers. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Hummingbirds love this little butterfly bush," 15 Dec. 2017 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias, Mexican butterfly weed and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies to your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: plant pumpkins now for fall Jack-o-Lanterns," 15 July 2017 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias, Mexican butterfly weed and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies to your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "This week's gardening tips: plant pumpkins now for fall Jack-o-Lanterns," 15 July 2017 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias, Mexican butterfly weed and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies to your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to your garden," 24 June 2017 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias, Mexican butterfly weed and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies to your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinators to your garden," 24 June 2017 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias, Mexican butterfly weed and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies to your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "When and how often should you apply plant fertilizer: Dan Gill's mailbag," 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of buddleia

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for buddleia

New Latin, genus name, from Adam Buddle †1715 English botanist

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“Buddleia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buddleia. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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