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Also known as:
Buddleja, Butterfly Bush

General description

Semi-deciduous shrub < 3 m tall. Leaves are < 20 x 8 cm. Flowers are small, purple/pink/white and borne in conical clusters in December – April.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell buddleia within the Auckland region.
  • You must not plant buddleia within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any buddleia on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Disturbed habitats, riparian and forest margins, riverbeds, landslides, cliffs, regenerating forest, plantations, roadsides, wasteland.

Seeds dispersed by wind and water. Vegetative spread from suckering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Forms dense thickets, displaces co-occurring species and alters vegetation composition and succession.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: Seeds

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill if practical


Check for presence of agents:
Buddleia leaf beetle (Cleopus japonicus)

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with glyphosate gel

Basic Growsafe certified
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 100ml glyphosate green per 1L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
Foliar spray with 100ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status

Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Buddleia - Main species image