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Buddleia Globosa

Hi everyone.  I hope spring is being good to you and your gardens are all flourishing.  I have a Q that I was hoping you may be able to help with.

I have a buddleia globosa 'orange balls' that was planted a couple of years ago.  It has never actually flowered for me yet which I assumed was just because it needed time to mature.

It's pretty big now and I'm hoping this could be the year.  Can anybody tell me where the flowers emerge from and when they are likely to appear?




  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Mine took a few years to 'get going'.  I noticed today that the flowers are just beginning to form, so if we get some warm weather, I hope mine will be flowering soon.  The flowers form at the end of the branches.

  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568

    Thanks Forester.  Do you know if there is anything that promotes strong flowering? 

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I usually fling blood fish and bone around the garden in spring and leave it at that.  Do take care about pruning though as globosa is not like davida and rarely needs pruning.  If it does need to be tidied up do it after flowering (summer) - if you leave it too late you will  not get flowers the following year.

  • 1634 Racine1634 Racine Posts: 568

    Cool.  It's had a decent compost mulch, so I will leave it at that and fingers crossed for some balls soon image

  • Hi there, I know it may be a bit late but I've only just joined. I have a globosa it's about 8 years old but it flowered from the second year. The globosa is different to other budldleia  in it only flowers on old wood, so if you're pruning it every year then you won't get the flowers. I prune mine half each year so I always have some flowers. Hope this helps.


  • Hi Maria

    My Globosa came good in the end.  It flowered in the third year and every year since.  I absolutely love that honey scent and the bees seem to as well!

    I've been hard pruning it straight after flowering,  It looks a bit bare for a while but by the end of summer it has bushed back out.


  • Your Globosa does look healthy Racine and I have taken note of your pruning regime.  My Globosa looks very woody - in it's sixth year.  Love the picture with the bumble bee - he has found a lovely pompom to feed on.

  • Not just the bumbles Guernsey.  They all love it!  I think I probably take off at least a third of after flowering has finished.  It's a very strong plant and puts on loads of new growth over the rest of the summer.


  • Yes, it certainly does look a lot more healthy than mine which is woody and straggly looking.  Quite bare in parts too especially the bottom half.  Perhaps I should feed them, but I never do.

  • madelinemarrowmadelinemarrow Posts: 1
    edited September 2021
    I have one that hasn't flowered yet so I'm glad I found this discussion. I live in Richmond, CA. I bought it in the spring of 2020 here in Richmond at Annie's Annuals, a wonderful plant store with hundreds of varieties of plants, many rare and hard to find. It grew so quickly and now about 18 months later it's over 10 feet high. But no flowers yet at all. I hope next year it kicks in.
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