Buddleja davidii 'Thia' = Santana

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Buddleja davidii
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Santana, Longstock Park, UK
Cultivar 'Thia' = Santana
Origin Rod Dransfield, Knaresborough, England

Buddleja davidii 'Thia' (selling name Santana) is a cultivar which originated as a variegated sport of 'Royal Red', raised in 1997 by Rod Dransfield, of Knaresborough, England.[1] The shrub has suffered several other names in its short history; see Synonymy.


Santana grows to a height of two metres, bearing leaves with broad, creamy yellow margins and speckled yellow centres. The panicles of purple-red flowers are 20–25 cm long.[2]


Santana has become widely cultivated in the United Kingdom, and was introduced to the USA in 2007, despite its reputation for poor growth and short life.[1] [3] A specimen is grown as part of the NCCPG national buddleja collection held by the Longstock Park Nursery near Stockbridge.[2] Hardiness: USDA zones 7–9.[3]


  • Buddleja davidii 'Red Admiral'
  • Buddleja davidii 'Sultan'
  • Buddleja davidii 'Sultana'


  1. ^ Hatch, L. (2007). Cultivars of Woody Plants. Vol. 1 (A-G) 2007 Edition. TCR Press Horticultural PDF. books.
  2. ^ a b Moore, P. (2012). Buddleja list 2011–2012, Longstock Park Nursery. Longstock Park Nursery, UK.
  3. ^ a b Stuart, D. D. (2006). Buddlejas. RHS Plant Collector Guide. Timber Press, Oregon. ISBN 978-0-88192-688-0