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Clerodendron

The Clerodendrum family of plants is huge. We carry these varieties and more.

Clerodendrum incisum (‘Musical Notes’)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 3-4′ tall, 4-5′ wide

 

 

Light: Full to Partial Sun, Bright Indoor Light

 

 

Water: Average to Moist, Well Drained

 

 

Soil: Fertile

 

While the open flowers are beautiful and dainty, it is the unopened buds which have given this plant its common name; they resemble small, upside-down musical notes atop the stems. It will bloom from late spring until cold weather, and should never be pruned during this time as this will sacrifice flowers. Like many Clerodendrums, it has long, delicate stamens that will extend 1½” past the petals. Root hardy into the upper 20s, they can be grown in the ground or in containers, both outside and in.

Clerodendrum quadriloculare variegata
(Variegated Starburst/Shooting Star Clerodendrum)

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Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 15′ tall, 8′ wide

 

 

Light: Full to Partial Sun

 

 

Water: Average, Well Drained, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

The foliage is incredibly interesting, being green with cream variegation above and rosy-burgundy below, exceeded only by the huge explosion of 8-12″ pale pink flower heads in December and January. Like most Clerodendrums, it will sucker readily, but these are easily removed if desired. Though naturally a large shrub or small tree, it can do as well in a container as in the ground if given extra protection from winter cold.

Clerodendrum quadriloculare
(Starburst/Shooting Star Clerodendrum)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 15′ tall, 8′ wide

 

 

Light: Full to Partial Sun

 

 

Water: Moist, Well Drained, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

Among the most beautiful Clerodendrums, it has foot-long leaves in dark green with striking redish-purple undersides. From mid-December through January, the 12″, white-pink flower heads explode like a spectacular fireworks show. Naturally a spreading shrub, but with a little pruning it can be shaped into an attractive tree. Like most of its genus, it will sucker readily, but these are easily removed if desired. Though naturally a large shrub or small tree, it can do as well in a container as in the ground if given extra protection from winter cold.

Clerodendrum speciosissimum (Glorybower)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 5′ tall, 2′ wide

 

 

Light: Partial Sun to Light Shade

 

 

Water: Moist, Well Drained, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

The crimson bloom spikes are absolutely massive, 24″ long and 16″ wide, resembling giant salvias, and are held above the large, heart-shaped leaves. Very tropical looking. It is a non-branching species, growing nearly straight up, but will form ever-expanding colonies that may be thinned as desired. They love Texas heat and humidity and will bloom prolifically throughout the summer and fall, though their leaves are deciduous in winter. The blooms will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae (Bleeding Heart Vine)

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Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 8-12′

 

 

Light: Full to Partial Sun

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well Drained

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Acidic to Neutral Sandy Loam to Clay Loam

 

An outstanding climbing vine with green foliage and beautiful, interesting flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds from spring until fall. The blooms are red with heart-shaped white sepals, creating the visual effect of “bleeding hearts”. Though they are a tropical vine, they are often root-hardy in Houston if given a heavy mulching to protect the roots in winter. Bring potted plants indoors before a freeze

Clerodendrum thomsoniae delectum
(Purple Bleeding Heart Vine)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 5′ tall, 2′ wide

 

 

Light: Bright Shade

 

 

Water: Moist, Well Drained

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

Also sold as C. speciosumC. delectumC. phillippinum, or C. balfouri, it is one of the few vines that will bloom in the shade, though it must not be too deeply shaded. It is a unique color variation of the more familiar Bleeding Heart vine, with deep red flowers and a purple to lavender bract behind them. An excellent climber, it should be trained on an arbor or trellis, or used in the landscape where it can run up a tree or fence. Plant it in a location sheltered from extreme cold, or keep it in a container that can be moved to shelter in winter. The only pruning that should be necessary is to trim dead twigs and tips following frost damage.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae variegata
(Variegated Bleeding Heart Vine)

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Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 8-12′

 

 

Light: Full to Partial Sun

 

 

Water: Moderately Moist, Well Drained

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Acidic to Neutral Sandy Loam to Clay Loam

 

An outstanding climbing vine with green foliage variegated with chartreuse or cream and beautiful, interesting flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds from spring until fall. The blooms are red with heart-shaped white sepals, creating the visual effect of “bleeding hearts”. Though they are a tropical vine, they are often root-hardy in Houston if given a heavy mulching to protect the roots in winter. Bring potted plants indoors before a freeze

Clerodendrum ugandense (Blue Butterfly Clerodendrum)

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 10′

 

 

Light: Partial Midday Shade

 

 

Water: Average to Moist, Well Drained, Somewhat Drought Tollerant Once Established

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Mildly Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

An open and sprawling shrub that may easily be kept pruned smaller than its maximum size. They can be pruned at any time, as they will bloom profusely on new growth. From spring until fall, 4-10″ panacles composed of 1″ flowers are borne on the ends of long, arching branches. Each bloom has four pale blue lobes and one violet-blue lobe that, with the stamens forming antenae, look like miniature two-toned butterflies in flight. They are root-hardy, deciduous, and will benefit from a heavy pruning in spring.

Clerodendrum wallichii

Life: Perennial

 

 

Size: 8′

 

 

Light: Filtered Sun or Bright Afternoon Shade

 

 

Water: Moist, Well Drained

 

 

Soil: Fertile, Mildly Acidic to Neutral Loam to Sand

 

The glossy, dark green foliage provides the perfect foil for the gorgeous, scented, pure white blooms. The long blossoming panacles will begin forming about Thanksgiving and will continue through the fall and winter. After flowering, glossy blue berry drupes will be produced, set against the bright red calyx. They should not receive direct afternoon sun, and will tend to freeze back in all but the warmest winters. Heavy mulching will protect the roots and allow them to return again the following spring. Due to this freezing, plants in the ground tend to be smaller than those kept in protected containers.