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Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Buddleia officinalis.

Material uses

There are no material uses listed for Buddleia officinalis.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)


The flowers and flower buds are antispasmodic, slightly cholagogue and ophthalmic[4]. They have an action similar to vitamin P, reducing the permeability and fragility of the blood vessels of the skin and small intestine[4]. They are used in the treatment of various eye problems[4][5]. They are also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea, hepatitis and hernia[5].

A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of collyrium[5]. Also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea, hepatitis and hernia[5].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - cold stratify for 4 weeks at 4°c[6] and surface sow the seed in February/March in a greenhouse[7][8] (the pre-chilling might not be required for this species). Germination usually takes place within 3 - 4 weeks at 21°c[6]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Seedlings are inclined to damp off and so should be watered with care and kept well-ventilated[7].

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[9][8]. Use short side-shoots[7]. Very high percentage[8].

Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm long, October/November in a frame[10].

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Requires a sunny position[9][11]. Prefers a rich loamy soil but succeeds in most well-drained soils[12][9][10]. Very tolerant of alkaline soils[10]. Requires a site sheltered from the wind because the leaves are easily damaged[13].

Tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c[14], this species is hardy in Cornwall[9][15] but not in most parts of Britain[12]. It resprouts freely from the base if cut back by severe weather[10]. A very ornamental plant[12], it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[10]. Plants flower on the current years growth and can be pruned back hard in spring to encourage freer flowering[11]. An excellent plant for bees and butterflies[16].

Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Buddleia officinalis
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Deciduous or Evergreen
Herbaceous or Woody
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
Mature Size
2 x meters
Flower Colour
Flower Type


  1. ? 1.01.1 ? A Barefoot Doctors Manual. Running Press ISBN 0-914294-92-X ()
  2. ? 2.02.1 Kariyone. T. Atlas of Medicinal Plants. ()
  3. ? 3.03.1 Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica. Taipei. Southern Materials Centre ()
  4. ? Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas. Institute of Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles (1985-00-00)
  5. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.1 Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 3. Thompson and Morgan. (1989-00-00)
  7. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
  8. ? Dirr. M. A. and Heuser. M. W. The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation. Athens Ga. Varsity Press ISBN 0942375009 (1987-00-00)
  9. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
  10. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  11. ? 11.011.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
  12. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  13. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2 Pan Books, London. ISBN 0-330-37376-5 (1998-00-00)
  14. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30258-2 (1989-00-00)
  15. ? Taylor. J. The Milder Garden. Dent (1990-00-00)
  16. ? Carter D. Butterflies and Moths in Britain and Europe. Pan ISBN 0-330-26642-x (1982-00-00)

Facts about "Buddleia officinalis"RDF feed
Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
Article requires cleanupYes +
Belongs to familyBuddleiaceae +
Belongs to genusBuddleia +
Has binomial nameBuddleia officinalis +
Has common nameMi Meng Hua +
Has drought toleranceTolerant +
Has environmental toleranceDrought +
Has fertility typeSelf sterile +, Bees + and Lepidoptera +
Has flowers of typeDioecious +
Has hardiness zone8 +
Has lifecycle typePerennial +
Has mature height2 +
Has medicinal partUnknown part +
Has medicinal useAntispasmodic +, Febrifuge + and Ophthalmic +
Has search namebuddleia officinalis + and mi meng hua +
Has shade toleranceNo shade +
Has soil ph preferenceAcid +, Neutral +, Alkaline + and Very alkaline +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy + and Clay +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
Has taxonomic rankSpecies +
Has taxonomy nameBuddleia officinalis +
Has water requirementsmoderate +
Is deciduous or evergreenEvergreen +
Is herbaceous or woodyWoody +
Is taxonomy typeSpecies +
PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
PFAF edible use notes migratedYes +
PFAF material use notes migratedYes +
PFAF medicinal use notes migratedNo +
PFAF propagation notes migratedNo +
PFAF toxicity notes migratedYes +
Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
Uses mature size measurement unitMeters +
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