Commonly called Butterfly Bush White Profusion, the name says it all. This Buddleia cultivar will produce showy panicles of white scented flowers on long, upright, arching branches. It remains one of the most popular of the white-flowering buddleias and as its name suggests, it flowers abundantly. The flowers are white with golden, yellow, jewel-like centres. The large fragrant flower panicles can be up to 35 cm long and are extremely attractive to pollinators, particularly butterflies and bees.
The flowering period is late summer, around August. By deadheading the flowers, you can encourage Buddleia White Profusion to flower for even longer, sometimes right up until the first frosts. The scented flowers are very suited to use as cut flowers indoors.
Compared to other Buddleias, Buddleja White Profusion has a rounded bushy shape and will reach a height of about 2 metres. To get the best out of Buddleia White Profusion, it should be cut back to the ground every spring. This will encourage a more vigorous growth and produce more flowers in late summer. As with all Buddleja, White Profusion should be grown in a full sun position for best results. Other merits of the Butterfly Bush in general include its tolerance of poor soils.
Buddleia White Profusion is perfect for growing in borders. Plant at the back at it will reach heights of circa 2 metres. It is a must-have magnet for all gardeners looking to cultivate a butterfly garden.
Like most of the modern Buddleia cultivated varieties, Buddleia davidii ‘White Profusion’ (to give it its full name) is a cultivar of Buddleia davidii. Buddleia davidii is native to China where is was discovered in the 19th century. It carries the RHS AGM badge since 1993.
Interesting to know:
Buddleia is also referred to as Buddleja, both versions deriving originally from Buddle, a British cleric and botanist after which the Buddleia genus is named (although his area of expertise was moss). Originally, the genus was christened Buddleja (with a silent j) as opposed to Buddleia, as the Latin form of Buddle would dictate.