Buddleja × weyeriana 'Golden Glow'

Common Name: butterfly bush 
Type: Deciduous shrub
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 5.00 to 15.00 feet
Spread: 5.00 to 10.00 feet
Bloom Time: May to July
Bloom Description: Yellow-orange
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: High
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Clay Soil


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Becomes weedy and sparse with diminished flowering performance if not grown in full sun. Does poorly in wet, poorly draining conditions. Will adapt to clay soil if properly amended. Removal of spent flower spikes during the growing season will encourage additional bloom. This hybrid is one of the least winter hardy of the buddlejas, and is only recommended for growing in USDA Zones 6-9. Therefore, in order for this plant to survive in the St. Louis area (Zone 5b-6a), it should be grown in a protected location with a winter mulch. Regardless of winter protection, in Zone 6 the top growth of this plant may die to the ground in winter with roots surviving. Even if plants do not die to the ground, they usually grow more vigorously, produce superior flowers and maintain a better shape if routinely cut back to a framework close to the ground in late winter each year in somewhat the same way one would prune back a crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia). Blooms on both new and old wood, so loss of top growth to winter weather or late winter pruning will not eliminate flowering for the growing season.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Genus name honors the Reverend Adam Buddle (1660-1715), English botanist and vicar of Farmbridge in Essex.

The genus name is frequently listed today as Buddleia. However, Linnaeus named the genus Buddleja (pronounced with a silent “j”) which is still considered to be the proper spelling (first name survives) according to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

‘Golden Glow’ is a hybrid (B. davidii × B. globosa) butterfly bush cultivar that typically grows 4-6’ tall with an upright-arching to spreading habit. In the deep South, where winter injury is not a problem, it will grow much larger (to 10-15’ tall). In comparison to the popular B. davidii cultivars, this vigorous hybrid features stronger, upright branches that are less likely to sprawl, but produces smaller flower panicles. Loose, rounded, terminal panicles (4-6” long) of yellow-orange flowers (from the B. globosa parent) suffused with hints of purple (from the B. davidii parent) typically bloom from late spring into summer, sometimes continuing into fall. Lance-shaped dark green leaves (to 8” long). Flowers are fragrant, and, as the common name suggests, very attractive to butterflies. Popular fresh cut flower.


No serious insect or disease problems. Nematodes can be troublesome in the South.


Best grown in small groups or in massed plantings in borders, cottage gardens or butterfly gardens.