from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See butterfly bush.

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  • n. A tree or shrub of the genus Buddleja, especially Buddleja davidii, a large ornamental shrub whose lilac flowers attract butterflies.

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  • n. tropical shrub having clusters of white or violet or yellow flowers


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, after Adam Buddle (died 1715), British botanist.

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Modern Latin, named after English naturalist Adam Buddle (died 1715).


  • Stinging nettles are weeds that never seem to settle in my garden but some common British butterflies love certain flowers and are particularly attracted by any 'buddleia' shrub (a powerful magnet for all the butterflies) - some of them grow wild along railway lines.

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  • The texture of the urban landscape is cracked stone, grass, crumbled brick and buddleia.

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  • He paid as much attention to the floorboards or the tangle of buddleia in the yard below as he would to a woman's belly, Leigh Bowery's feminine bulk, Bruce Bernard's stoic drunkard's poise, Lord Goodman's vanity, Sue the Benefits Supervisor's affected boredom.

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  • He lived with the same aesthetic as that of his work – fine linen, worn leather, superb works of art and a few cartoons, buddleia and bamboo in the overgrown garden and the residue of paint carried down from the studio.

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  • We saw a lot of wild garlic, scabia, buddleia, bird's-foot trefoil and greater knapweed.

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  • Vines, cornus, willow, buddleia and fig will be rooted by spring and ready for potting by mid-summer.

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  • GONE WITH THE WINDIf you live in a windy area, roses and buddleia can be topped by a third to prevent wind-rock, which can undermine stability over the coming months.

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  • Yes, the buddleia is exactly the same, and so cried out for pruning in late winter.

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  • A stench that could never be overcome by the smells of wallflower and daffodils and buddleia and pine resin and mown grass from the gardens outside the walls made Don shudder.

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  • My own observation, based on the buddleia in my garden, is that this year has been bad for butterflies, but better than last year when I saw none at all.

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