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Buddleja marrubiifolia (Woolly butterflybush)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Buddleja marrubiifolia

Buddleja marrubiifolia Benth.

Woolly Butterflybush, Butterfly Bush, Woolly Butterfly-bush

Buddlejaceae (Butterfly-Bush Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Margin: Serrate
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Leaf: Velvety, ash-gray, silver to white foliage

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: Southern Trans-Pecos Mexico.
Native Habitat: High elevation, Ditches, Ravines, Depressions, Hillsides, Slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Woolly butterfly bush attracts a fair number of butterflies. The orange flowers and fuzzy leaves of pale gray-green are attractive. Because it is accustomed to a warmer part of Texas, woolly butterfly bush needs protection from freezes.


Use Ornamental: Aromatic, Color, Planned landscape, Attractive, Showy, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming. Drought-tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping
Use Wildlife: Nectar-butterflies, Browse
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate


Commercially Avail: yes
Maintenance: Prune to maintain shape, Prevent complete soil dryness, Fertilize 2 to 3 times during the growing season with rose food

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Naval Air Station Kingsville - Kingsville, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Native Plant Society of Texas - Fredericksburg, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Fredericksburg Chapter - Fredericksburg, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX


Bibref 766 - Dale Groom's Texas Gardening Guide (2002) Groom, D.
Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Buddleja marrubiifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Buddleja marrubiifolia


Record Modified: 2022-12-02
Research By: TWC Staff, RLU

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