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- adj. of purple tinged with lilac
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-- A rather scarce but remarkably handsome perennial, producing lilac-purple flowers with yellow stamens in July and August.
There are over one hundred distinct varieties, ranging from pure white to lilac-purple, scarlet and pink, and when in full bloom the entire plant might be easily mistaken for a large bouquet, so literally covered is it with dazzling blossoms.
The plants of this variety are from fourteen to sixteen inches high, and of medium strength and vigor; flowers lilac-purple; the pods are five inches long, nearly straight, green while young, yellow at maturity, and contain from four to six seeds.
Plant quite low and dwarf, decaying with the season; flowers lilac-purple, large and handsome, generally abortive; tubers of medium size, roundish, of a pink or reddish color; flesh yellow, dry, but not of so mild a flavor as many of the more recent kinds.
Along the banks of the stream tall lilac-purple, stock-like flowers rise proudly above the grasses.
Most Buddleias produce flowers irresistible to butterflies on the current season's growth with the notable exception of Buddleia alternifolia, its trailing shoots wreathed in clusters of lilac-purple blooms a waterfall of soft purple.
The flowers are produced on tubes 3in. to 5in. long, and stoutly formed; the colour is a shaded lilac-purple, striped with darker lines; the petals or divisions of the perianth are 1½in. long and ½in. broad, shining or satiny, and become well expanded during the short moments of winter sunshine; the stamens are half the length of perianth, of a fine deep orange colour, and covered with a thick coat of pollen all their visible length.