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BUDDLEJA davidii 'Santana' PP12383
Orange-eye Butterflybush, Santana Butterflybush
Grown for its beautiful variegated foliage and elongated clusters of purple-red flowers, the patented butterflybush ‘Santana’ is a tough shrub that has an upright to vase-shaped habit. It was discovered by Rod Dransfield in his garden in North Yorkshire, England and introduced by Plant Haven of Santa Barbara, California.
This butterflybush sports dark grey-green leaves edged with golden yellow and produces clusters of numerous tiny tubular purple-red flowers with orange eyes. These are lightly fragrant and appear at the ends of the branches. They will continue to bloom with greater regularity if spent flowers are removed. In climates with mild winters plants may be semi-evergreen.
Butterflybush grows best in full sun and can tolerate a wide range of well-drained soils. Once established, it is quite drought tolerant and requires little maintenance aside from regular pruning. Severe hard pruning each year will keep overall size more compact.
This is the best shrub for attracting clouds of butterflies. The only setback to planting any Buddleja davidii is its tendency to self-sow in the garden and beyond. In fact, in many regions this is considered an invasive species.
Enjoy butterflybush in sunny mixed borders and foundation plantings. It is not wise to plant these shrubs near open natural areas where they can easily escape into the wild.
9 - 2
5 - 9
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
5'-6' / 1.5m - 1.8m
4'-5' / 1.2m - 1.5m
Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Gray Green, Dark Green, Gold
Yellow, Light Green, Gray Green, Dark Green, Gold
Green, Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border
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