Buddleia in History

What's in a name?
There are over a hundred species and cultivars of Buddleia but the most common type is Buddleia davidii (also known as the "Butterfly Bush"), which came originally from China and was named after Father Père Armand David a French Missionary/Botanist who had been visiting Ichang City in Hubei province (Central/Eastern China) in 1887.  It is often thought that this discovery by Father David is the first time westerners had seen a Buddleia, not quite..... 
 
Infact, the name Buddleia is in honour of the amateur botanist, Reverend Adam D Buddle, born in 1662 at Deeping St James, a small village near Peterborough in England, he has been described as:
 
1702
"Mr. Buddle, who, ye say, is reputed the most skillfull in the knowledge of grasses and mosses of any in England:" 
 
1792 
 "ingenious Engliſh Botaniſt"
 
Unfortunately, it seems throughout his life he struggled financially and in 1705 the Benchers (of Gray's Inn) gave him £5 "to supply his extraordinary occasions."
 
In a sermon he once described Botany as:
“the most innocent, most primitive study, designed at first even in Paradise as a diversion for the busy inquisitive mind of man”.
 
He died at Gray's Inn, London on the 15th April 1715 and is buried in St. Andrew's Church, Holborn where, unfortunately his grave is no longer visible.
 
In 1724 the Benchers of Gray's Inn ordered £4 a year to be paid to his widow out of the collections in the Chapel, which although was quite sometime after his death, was no doubt appreciated by his widow, and it would not be until the 1733 that his contemporary Carl Linnaeus named the plant after him.

 
Buddleia, Buddleja, and Buddlea in History:
 In "Hooker's journal of botany and Kew Garden miscellany" 1855, we can see Buddleia Colvilei described.. "has no rival in the genus for beauty and graceful habit"
(The full text is available to read in Google Books) 
 
There is also this nice reference to a Buddleia globosa (I suspect) in:
"The Magazine of domestic economy" 1837

"My Buddlea was every spring covered with its golden balls, and grew so quickly that I scarcely knew what to do with it. I am surprised this beautiful shrub is not more common; it is perfectly hardy even as a standard, it will remove well even when it has attained a considerable size; it is very easily raised by layers, and there is an air of grandeur about it, both as to leaves and flowers, that raises it above the common flowering surubs of our gardens. Fanctia"
(The full text is available to read in Google Books)  
 
 ....and in "The Modern English Garden" 1822 we see also see Buddleia written as Buddle'a. 
 
In "The British Cyclopædia of Natural History" 1835 it states that "There are ten species of this family, all more or less ornamental, and all tender, except one, the globosa"  and in 1818 there were only eight known species.
Today ther are over four hundred (and more popping up all the time) 
 
In short, the first Buddleia, Buddleia globosa reached England from Chile in 1776, and the first Buddleia davidii reached Kew Gardens in England in 1896.
 
Enough history?  ..... the links at the top left of this page will guide you through everything you need to know about Buddleia.
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