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Care of the plant Buddleja auriculata or Weeping Sage.

Care of the shrub Buddleja auriculata or Weeping Sage

The genus Buddleja, family Scrophulariaceae, comprises 100 species of shrubs and trees native to America, Asia, and Africa. Some species are: Buddleja auriculata, Buddleja davidii, Buddleja globosa, Buddleja alternifolia, Buddleja parviflora, Buddleja crispa, Buddleja fallowiana, Buddleja colvilei, Buddleja salviifolia, Buddleja saligna.

Common name: Weeping Sage. This species is native to Southern Africa.

They are deciduous shrubs that reach 5 meters (16.4 feet) in height and 4 meters (13.12 feet) in width. The leaves are lanceolate and glossy dark green on the upper surface and silver on the underside. The small, fragrant flowers appear in dense clusters; they are tubular and cream-colored with a yellow or orange center. They bloom during the winter.

They are used for informal hedges, screens, borders and shrubby groups or next to ponds and streams.

They prefer full sun exposure but can also grow in semi-shade. They resist the Mediterranean heat and frosts down to -5 ºC (23 ºF).

They can be grown in any type of soil but prefer that it is well drained and contains organic matter.

They tolerate drought well; water regularly all the waiting for the soil to be dry. In winter, water sparingly.

Fertilize with compost in late winter and slow-release mineral fertilizer in spring.

Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a compact appearance.

They are shrubs resistant to pests and diseases.

They propagate by cuttings in spring or summer.

Images of the shrub Buddleja auriculata or Weeping Sage

Buddleja auriculata
Buddleja auriculata