The butterfly bush (Buddleia syn. Buddleja) or butterfly bush, also known as buddleia, was thus named in honor of the English doctor, amateur botanist, Adam Buddle (1660-1715). The most widely distributed Buddleia in gardens as well as in uncultivated or fallow areas, was discovered in 1869 in western and central China by Abbé David, who gave it his name: Buddleia davidii.
It was only sent to Europe in 1890 by the English botanist Auguste Henry, and from 1895, the Vilmorin nurseries multiplied it. Today, its extension concerns all of Western Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand! Its excellent hardiness does not limit its profusion.