Definition of buddleia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbədlēə/
Pronunciation: /ˌbədˈlēə/


A widely cultivated shrub with fragrant lilac, white, or yellow flowers.
  • Genus Buddleia (or Buddleja), family Loganiaceae: several species, especially the butterfly bush.
Example sentences
  • To the right is a wilderness, abandoned to brambles, ground elder, bindweed and buddleia.
  • The buddleia is just coming into flower and mid-summer clematis are covered in fat buds that will soon bloom.
  • They planted a spring flowering cherry tree, two buddleia bushes and a laurel bush, along with daffodil bulbs.


Modern Latin; named in honor of the English botanist Adam Buddle (died 1715), by Linnaeus, at the suggestion of Sir William Houston who introduced the plant to Europe from South America.

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Syllabification: bud·dle·ia

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