Himalayan Butterfly Bush
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Himalayan Butterfly Bush
ative Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Himalayan Butterfly Bush
Botanical name: Buddleja crispa    Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Himalayan Butterfly Bush is a deciduous shrub of bushy habit, growing to 3.5 m high, more in diameter. Young twigs and both sides of leaves are covered with a white or tawny, loose felt. Leaves are ovate-lanceshaped, 5-12 cm long, 2-4.5 cm wide. Petiole 0.6-2.5 cm. Flowers are fragrant, borne in a terminal panicle 7-10 cm high and 5 cm wide, formed of axillary whorls. Flowers are lilac with an orange throat, 8 mm long. The flowers are fragrant, attractive and irresistible to butterflies, bees and other nectar feeding birds and insects. Himalayan Butterfly Bush is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, altitudes of 1200-4000 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Alok Mahendroo Photographed at Kartik Swami, Uttarakhand & Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.

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