Buddleja loricata

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Buddleja loricata
Budd. loricata flowers.jpg
Buddleja loricata flowers,
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja
Species: B. loricata
Binomial name
Buddleja loricata
Leeuwenb.
Synonyms
  • Chilianthus corrugatus Benth.
  • Buddleja corrugata (Benth.) Phillips
  • Nuxia corrugata Benth.

Buddleja loricata is a hardy evergreen shrub endemic to South Africa and Mozambique, where it grows on mountain slopes at elevations above 1,800 m. The shrub has only recently been introduced to cultivation in Europe.[1]

Description[edit]

B. loricata, Longstock Park Nursery

B. loricata makes a large, bushy shrub < 4 m in height. The leaves are opposite, narrowly oblong - elliptic, < 9 cm long by 2  cm wide, the wrinkled upper surfaces dark green. The honey-scented flowers are small, pale cream with a dull orange throat, borne in clustered terminal heads from mid - autumn to winter.[1]

Cultivation[edit]

B. loricata is hardy in the UK, and considered easy to grow, being tolerant of heat, drought, and cold, and requiring very little pruning to maintain shape. The shrub features in the NCCPG National Collection of Buddleja held by the Longstock Park Nursery, near Stockbridge, England. Hardiness: USDA zones 7–9.[1]

Hybrids[edit]

The shrub was crossed with Buddleja crispa by Peter Moore, Longstock Park Nursery, to create the hybrid cultivar Silver Anniversary

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stuart, D. D. (2006). Buddlejas. RHS Plant Collector Guide. Timber Press, Oregon. ISBN 978-0-88192-688-0
  • Leeuwenberg, A. J. M. (1979) The Loganiaceae of Africa XVIII Buddleja L. II, Revision of the African & Asiatic species. H. Veenman & Zonen B. V. Nederland.

Further reading[edit]

Chen, Gao; Gong, Wei-Chang; Ge, Jia; Dunn, Bruce L.; Sun, Wei-Bang (October 2012). "Floral scents of typical Buddleja species with different pollination syndromes". Biochemical Systematics and Ecology. 44: 173–178. doi:10.1016/j.bse.2012.05.010.