Buddleja crispa Benth., Scroph. Ind. 43 1835. (Syn: Buddleja acosma C. Marquand; Buddleja agathosma Diels; Buddleja agathosma var. glandulifera C. Marquand; Buddleja caryopteridifolia W. W. Sm.; Buddleja caryopteridifolia var. eremophila (W. W. Sm.) C. Marquand; Buddleja caryopteridifolia var. fasciculiflora Z. Y. Zhang; Buddleja caryopteridifolia var. lanuginosa C. Marquand; Buddleja crispa var. amplexicaulis Z.Y.Zhang; Buddleja crispa var. dicipiens Schmidt; Buddleja crispa var. farreri (Balf. f. & W.W. Sm.) Hand.-Mazz.; Buddleja crispa var. glandulifera (Marquand) S.Y.Bao; Buddleja crispa var. grandiflora (C. Marquand) S.Y. Bao; Buddleja eremophila W. W. Sm.; Buddleja farreri Balf. fil. & W. W. Sm.; Buddleja hastata Prain ex C. Marquand; Buddleja incompta W. W. Sm. (ambiguous synonym); Buddleja praecox Lingelsh.; Buddleja sterniana A. Cotton; Buddleja tibetica var. farreri (Balf. fil. & W. W. Sm.) C.
Marquand; Buddleja tibetica var. glandulifera C.Marquand; Buddleja tibetica var. grandiflora C.Marquand; Buddleja tibetica var. truncatifolia (H. Lév.) C. Marquand; Buddleja truncata Gagnep.; Buddleja truncatifolia H. Lév.; Buddleja whitei Kränzl.);
China (Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan (Baluchistan, Waziristan, Kurram, N.W.Frontier Prov., Dir, Swat, Hazara), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), Myanmar [Burma] as per Catalogue of Life;
Buddleja crispa Benth., easily differentiated by its broader, nearly ovate and shorter leaves, densely tomentose on both surfaces and dentate along margins, flowers in interrupted spikes.

Buddleja crispa, sometimes called the Himalayan Butterfly Bush, is native to Afghanistan, Bhutan, North India, Nepal, Pakistan and China (Gansu, Sichuan, Xizang), where it grows on dry river beds, slopes with boulders, exposed cliffs, and in thickets, at elevations of 1400–4300 m.[1] Named by Bentham in 1835, B. crispa was introduced to cultivation in 1850,[2] and came to be considered one of the more attractive species within the genus

In his 1979 revision of the taxonomy of the African and Asiatic species of Buddleja, the Dutch botanist Anthonius Leeuwenberg controversially sank five Chinese species as B. crispa on the basis of the similarity in the individual flowers, dismissing the wide ranges in size of both inflorescence and leaf as attributable to environmental factors.[5] It was Leeuwenberg’s taxonomy which was adopted in the Flora of China[1] published in 1996. Until DNA analysis can prove otherwise, it is this classification which is accepted here. The five former species, still widely recognized in horticulture, are: Buddleja agathosma, Buddleja caryopteridifolia, Buddleja farreri, Buddleja sterniana, and Buddleja tibetica.
The ‘original’ B. crispa as known to horticulture, cloned from a plant grown at Aldenham, England (see Cultivation), is a comparatively slow growing deciduous shrub of bushy habit, reaching 3.5 m high, more in spread.[6] Young twigs and both sides of the leaves are covered with a white or tawny loose felt. The leaves are ovate-lanceolate, 5–12 cm long by 2.0–4.5 cm wide, with petioles 0,6–2,5 cm. The shrub flowers from February to August.[7] The fragrant flowers form terminal panicles 7–10 cm long by 5 cm wide. The corolla is lilac, with an orange throat.[8] 2n = 38 (diploid).[9]
The former species sunk by Leeuwenberg, as listed in the preceding section, have, with the exception of “B. sterniana“, inflorescences of varying density < 12  cm long, complemented by leaves of variable size and shape, often covered in a dense white tomentum when young. The exception, “B. sterniana“, has markedly smaller inflorescences and leaves < 6  cm long.
(From Wikipedia on 12.8.13)


buddleja Kalatope id al010411a: This is what I presume to be buddleja crispa
Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mt

Habit shrub
habitat wild
Height 3 mt approx

buddleja attracts butterflies. I have white and Lilac in my garden but it will take at least 3 month or so, till it shows flowers.


Buddleja crispa Benth., easily differentiated by its broader, nearly ovate and shorter leaves, densely tomentose on both surfaces and dentate along margins, flowers in interrupted spikes.

Photographed from Kashmir




Buddleja crispa for validation from Chakrata:: NS June 20 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).

This less common (in the area) species of Buddleja was shot from near Chakrata town in April 2014..

Please suggest if this can be Buddleja crispa..

Yes …


Wild plant ID/ABNOV04 : 10 posts by 5 authors. 2 images.

And this one is a tree like shrub spreading on the slopes. I have the leaves here. Is it possible to get a positive ID with this information?

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP

06 November 2014

whole plant pic?

Here is a wide angle shot of the plant. Attachments (1)

Looks like Buddleia

As I actually observed this plant with you this week and I was unable to conceive anything about this, I am also interested to learn what this is..

I am sure this will bear flowers soon, though I have seen this without flowers at many places and it is a widespread one, I think this will be identified soon..

I will look out for the flowers or any other changes and report.

It is Budleja crispa

Today (29.3.15) I found one bush in flower and … was correct in identifying it as Buddleja crispa and so was … Please confirm.

Young leaves on another specimen.

Attachments (3)

Buddeleja crispa (Butterfly bush)

Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
11 April 2015

Attachments (2)

thanks for the whole plant pic

The flowers are out and I thought of sharing some photos here. 10 images.

Buddleja crispa
19-21 March 2016
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP


Nice presentation again, …

These aromatic flowers have been attracting a lot of Cabbage Whites, Indian Red Admirals, Tortoiseshells and other emerging butterflies. I photographed a couple of bushes a week ago to share with you.

Buddleja crispa
Near Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP
1850m approx.
03 April 2017
6 images.


SK662 20 JUL-2017:ID : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location: Tukuche, Mustang, Nepal
Date: 12 April  2017
Altitude: 8500 ft.

Pl. check comparative images at Artemisia

Buddleja crispa Benth??

Can not say about Buddleja crispa. Pl. check with images at Buddleja crispa. May be.

I had already checked and guessed accordingly.

Need validation.


request for species id of Buddleja: 3 high resolution images.
please check attached images of Buddleja, it seems crispa for me.
please validate.

captured Uttarkashi Uttarakhand

Buddleja crispa Benth. !


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