Friday, 30 January 2015

Buddleia



Buddleja Davidii (commonly called Buddleia) grows wild along our river.  It is "under surveillance" as a "weed of concern" in this country because of it's ability to grow and dominate in a wide range of areas and soils.



Also known as butterfly bush, summer lilac or orange eye it has a beautiful scent and long cone shaped clusters of flowers



It is native to China and Japan and I can see why it was bought here to grow and perfume our gardens.  Unfortunately it has escaped the confines of the garden and is taking over areas previously left to the native plants.




14 comments:

  1. wow. i know folks plant it here in hopes of attracting butterflies and bees. but i can understand if it is pressing out other native vegetation.

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  2. The beauty of these non-native species sometimes hides their lethal intentions.

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  3. So that's what it's called! I find it so strange how some things grow so much faster here in NZ than their native homes.

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  4. It certainly is a worthwhile garden plant and I have to baby mine and regularly water it to keep it alive but I can well see that, with ample water, it could become a pest plant like Lantana has in the our North coast from NSW up through Queensland. Lovely shots and I love the perfume too.

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  5. The Butterfly bush is grown here. The other plant is beautiful though.

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  6. As it stands from my view, very lovely, and easy to see it's rapid growth. I can imagine the scent is as lovely.

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  7. beautiful, it grows heaps up here and apaprently the monarchs love it

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  8. I love that it attracts the butterflies, it does have pretty blooms..But, we have also seen it spread around various parts of our yard too. The last shot is lovely..have a happy weekend!

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  9. Oh...we have some killer immigrants in our wetlands here in Florida too. The worst is the kudzu killing our forests. :(

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  10. Very pretty and insects and butterflies love it, but it's not good when it escapes the gardens.

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  11. It sure does have some lovely flowers.

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  12. No matter how beautiful an introduced plant is one has to be careful that it doesn't run wild and threaten native flora. These Budleias are favoured by bees a lot, so planted near hives ensures lots of honey!
    Thank you for joining Floral Friday Fotos and hope to see more of your work in the weeks to come.

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