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Buddleia asiatica - Lour.

Common Name Bai Bei Feng
Family Buddleiaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Second growth forest, sandy river banks, grass, savannah, landslips and deserted village sites[146, 260].
Range E. Asia - India to the Philippines.
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Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Buddleia asiatica Bai Bei Feng


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Buddleia asiatica is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from January to April. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Bees, Lepidoptera (Moths & Butterflies). The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.

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Synonyms

Buddleja asiatica

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Drink

The dried and powdered root is used in the preparation of a fermented liquor[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Abortifacient  Skin

The plant has been used as an abortifacient and also in the treatment of skin complaints[240, 243]. The juice f the plant is applied as a wash to treat skin diseases[272].

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - tough, moderately hard. It could be used for making walking sticks[158].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a sunny position, succeeding in most reasonably good soils so long as they are well-drained[1, 11, 182, 200]. Prefers a rich loamy soil[11]. Plants are very tolerant of alkaline soils[200]. Of doubtful hardiness in most of Britain, it is likely to be damaged or killed by temperatures lower than 0°c[260]. However, one report says that it succeeds outdoors in southern Cornwall[1] whilst other reports say that it might be hardy on a south or south-west facing wall in the mildest areas of this country[11, 166, 182, 188]. So long as the plant is well mulched it resprouts freely from the base if cut back by severe weather[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], the cut flowers last well in water[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Any pruning is best done after flowering[200]. An excellent plant for bees and butterflies. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - cold stratify for 4 weeks at 4°c[138] and surface sow the seed in February/March in a greenhouse[78, 113] (the pre-chilling might not be required for this species). Germination usually takes place within 3 - 4 weeks at 21°c[138]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are inclined to damp off and so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated[78]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[11, 113]. Use short side-shoots[78]. Very high percentage[113]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm long, October/November in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Buddleia davidiiButterfly Bush, Summer Lilac, ButterflybushShrub3.0 4-8 FLMHNDM001
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Buddleia officinalisMi Meng HuaShrub2.0 7-10  LMHNDM02 
Buddleia paniculata Shrub6.0 7-10  LMHNDM013

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

   Sat Mar 20 23:01:12 2004

Perfect for my Southern California garden. I planted it for my husband's birthday, as he loves butterflies.

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