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Photographed: Below our deck garden at our former home in Montserrat.

**Bleeding Heart #1 (Caribbean version) Clerodendrum thomsoniae or Clerodendrum speciosum or Clerodendrum delectum
Blooming almost continuously, this bleeding heart has the qualities of a small bush but with a strong vine like tendency if it has anything on which to grip. The flowers are less delicate than more northerly versions and its bumpy papery leaves are a rich medium green. In our garden in the Caribbean it thrived in the hot sun, but grew just as well in mixed shade and sun.
Blooms: Almost continuously with ever evolving floral colors and shapes. Having had one of the northern climate bleeding hearts, it took me a while to appreciate just how wonderful this one really is. Now I'm completely sold on it.
From: It is believed to have originated in W. Africa.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2009 and 2014

Photographed: Below our deck garden at our former home in Montserrat.


Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.


Blue Butterfly Bush, Butterfly Clerodendrum, Blue Glory Bower, Blue Wings Clerodendrum ugandense
This is a delightful shrubby bush that I've never seen higher than four feet, though it is said to reach 10 feet at its best. It flowers almost continuously in warm climates with blossoms that look very much like blue butterflies, hence the name. 
Benefits: It is a hummingbird and butterfly attractant, but maybe its best feature is its resistance to all insects.
Tropical areas of Africa
Planting and Care: This plant does best in semi shady areas of the garden and it likes routine rainfall or watering during the growing/flowering season.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted © 2015

This Flower Mystery was solved with help from
Ursula G. living in Southern Germany

Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in 2010.

Photographed:  In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

**Fireworks, Clerodendron, Winter Starburst, Starburst Clerodendrum Clerodendrum quadriloculare
The small plant in the photograph below on the left is a young fast growing tall leafy bush or small tree which when mature has very appealing large droopy flowers. The leaves have a purple hue above and a full purple on the underside.
Photographed: In our garden at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: It grew very well in our Caribbean garden in a semi shady area. It does love moisture and does not appear to be at all drought tolerant. It is said to be accepting of being set in full sun or bright full shade, but in my experience I would have to say keep it in a bright semi shady area where it will also have some protection from the wind. Our plant grew like a weed under these conditions and I think yours will too. This is one of my favorites and it is affectionately known as our q-tip plant.
Text & Photographs Copyrighted © 2009/2010 and © 2013



Glory Tree, Cashmere Bouquet, Fragrant Glory Bower, Scent Malli Cleodendrum Chinese 'False Pikake,' Clerodendrum fragrans, C. philipinum, C. fragrans 'Pleniflorum'
I came across this bush in the midst of a very shady, very wet tropical area of a botanical garden. The bush looked like it could have been a strangely appealing weed, but it turns out not to be so. Still it does take on a bit of a raggedy appearance. The wonderful part of it is its flowers centered in a circle of very large leaves (maybe 6 to 8 inches long). The flowers look very much like what a wedding's flower girl would carry as her bouquet. It is said to be very fragrant at sundown, but we are almost always reading books by the lake at that hour of the day.
At the Hotel Atitlan Botanical Garden on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: It is said to be "shade tolerant" which probably means it will do just fine in the sun too. It grows fast and spreads even quicker, so choose your site carefully. When content, this plant will grow to be about six feet tall and almost as wide.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010
Harlequin Glorybower Clerodendrum trichotomum
This is a hardy and appealing shrub that flowers in the summer and fruits in the early fall.
China and Japan
Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.
Planting and Care: Plant it in full sun in an area where you will be able to control the underground runners it produces. It likes routine rainfall or watering, but is not greedy about it.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted © 2013

**Java Glorybower, Clerodendron, Giant Salvia, Flaming Glory Bower Clerodendrum speciosissimum
This is a wonderful bush with almost continual flowering of its bright red flowers.
Benefits: As are so many of the plants on this site, the Java glorybower is an attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds.
From: Tropical Africa and the Pacific or Java
Photographed: On the right in one of our border gardens at our former home in Montserrat.
Planting and Care: Although it is said to prefer a moist soil I have not found that to be true. It has done well in full sun and in semi sunny areas with little need for special attention. Apparently it will spread by sending out underground runners although it does not do this at an alarming speed. A happy plant may well reach five feet in height.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2008/2010 and © 2013


Kashmir Bouquet, Mexican hydrangea, Cashmir Bouquet, Rose Glory Bower Clerodendrum bungei
If you like the look of this shrub/bush, you will love a similar one called fireworks. It is so much more spectacular. It grows quickly and with routine watering, semi shade and protection from high winds this is something that should be growing in every warm climate garden.
Its fragrant flowers are butterfly attractants
China and Northern India
In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: This shrub is not frost hardy and that seems about the only thing that can kill it. It is tolerant of drought and almost everything else.
It prefers full sun, but will also do well in partial shade. From what I've read, you will love this shrub only if you keep it contained, perhaps in a large pot.
Text & Photograph Copyrighted © 2013

No longer a mystery thanks to Beth in San Antonio, Texas.

Pagoda Flower Clerodendrum paniculatum
I found this appealing member of the clerodendrum family living in the Jardin Botanique in Tahiti. I recognized it immediately as a relative to the plant above that I had growing in my own garden though I confess to finding mine even more appealing.
Benefits: It is said to have some medicinal benefits.
Tropical areas of Asia.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Tahiti in 2013.
Planting and Care: This is a tolerant plant as long as it is in a warm and humid environment with routine rainfall or watering.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted © 2014

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