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BUDDLEJA davidii (PEACOCK™)

Image of Buddleja davidii 'Peakeep' (PEACOCK™, ENGLISH BUTTERFLY™ SERIES) PBR

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Family

Loganiaceae

Botanical Name

BUDDLEJA davidii 'Peakeep'( PEACOCK™, ENGLISH BUTTERFLY™ SERIES) PBR

Plant Common Name

Butterflybush, Orange-eye Butterflybush

General Description

A dwarf habit and large, beautiful lavender-pink conical flower clusters distinguish this butterflybush. Developed by Elizabeth Keep in East Malling, England, Peacock™ is one of several Buddleja cultivars in the English Butterfly series.

Asian in origin, this sweet deciduous to semi-evergreen shrub has open, upright to arching branches lined with lance-shaped gray-green leaves. From midsummer to frost many large, elongated clusters of deep lavender-pink flowers appear. These are like manna to the butterflies that flock to sip their sweet nectar. Shrubs will flower more vigorously if spent flowerheads are removed.

This, like most Buddleja, is quite drought tolerant once established. Overall, it prefers full sun and can withstand a wide range of well-drained soils.

It is a wonderful shrub but will freely sow itself in the garden and beyond. In fact, many consider Buddleja davidii to be an invasive species. Plant Peacock™ in butterfly gardens, large containers and sunny foundation plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m

  • Width

    5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes