Foraging Files: Buddleja


Buddleja aka buddleia, butterfly bush


This plant can grow up to 5 meters in height, it grows on a long stem, with green oval shaped leaves sprouting out. When the plant flowers purple or pink small flowers appear in oval like clusters at the top of the plant.

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Best time to forage:

Rabbits will eat the leaves of the plant when they are young and again in autumn.


Can be eaten fresh, or dried without the flowers.

Additional Information:

This plant is very attractive to both bees and butterflies due to the sweet smell of the flowers.

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Find out how to dry your forage here