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Genus: Buddleja (Buddleia, Sagewood genus)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid I > Order: Lamiales > Family: Scrophulariaceae

About 100 species (Africa, Asia and America), with 10 species native to southern Africa. A further seven species are cultivated as garden plants in this region. This genus was previously placed in the Buddlejaceae and before that the Loganiaceae.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI), Flora of Zimbabwe and Flora of Mozambique.

Buddleya auriculata (Weeping sage)


Buddleya davidii


Buddleya dysophylla


Buddleya glomerata (Karoo sage)


Buddleya lindleyana

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Buddleya loricata (Mountain sage)


Buddleya madagascariensis

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Buddleya pulchella

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Buddleya saligna (False olive)


Buddleya salviifolia (Sagewood)

See Flora of Zimbabwe.

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Buddleya alternifolia

Native to China.


Buddleya asiatica (Asian sagewood)

Indigenous from Pakistan to Guam.


Buddleya brasiliensis

Native to Brazil.


Buddleya davidii (Chinese sagewood)

Native to China.


Buddleya lindleyana

Native to China.


Buddleya madagascariensis (Madagascar sagewood)

Native to


Buddleya nivea

Native to China.



  • Glen, H.F. 2002. Cultivated Plants of Southern Africa. Jacana, Johannesburg.

  • Jordaan, M. 2003. Buddlejaceae. In Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds), Plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 333. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria. 


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