Buddleja 'ILVOargus2' = Argus Velvet

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Buddleja hybrid
Cultivar'ILVOargus2' = Argus Velvet (UK), InSpired Violet (USA)

Buddleja 'ILVOargus2' (sold as Argus Velvet in the UK, and InSpired Violet in the United States) is a hybrid cultivar raised in Belgium by ILVO, the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, [1] from a crossing of Nanho Purple (female parent) with B. lindleyana. Promoted by the horticultural organization Argus, the cultivar was released to commerce in 2011.[2][3]


Argus Velvet is a shrub growing to a height of 2 m. The inflorescences are long, slender, pendulous panicles of purple flowers. The cultivar is semi-sterile, and thus unlikely to become invasive.[2]


Argus Velvet is in commerce in Europe. The shrub was introduced to the United States in 2013, where it is marketed by Proven Winners LLC, Illinois, as InSpired Violet.[4] In the UK, the shrub is included in the NCCPG National Collection held by Longstock Park Nursery near Stockbridge in Hampshire.[5]


  1. ^ "Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek (ILVO)". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Buddleja ARGUS® White and ARGUS® Velvet" (PDF). argusmilieu.be. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Buddleja Argus Velvet - Assortiment". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Non-invasive buddlejas conquer the world". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ Moore, P. (2012). List of Buddleja davidii cultivars held at Longstock Park Nursery, 2012. Longstock Park, UK.