Clerodendrum paniculatum, Pagoda Flower
Clerodendrum quadriloculare, Starburst Clerodendrum
Clerodendrum quadriloculare ‘Brandonii’
Clerodendrum minahassae, Starfish Clerodendrum
Clerodendrum indicum, Tube Flower
Clerodendrum splendens, Flaming Glorybower Vine
Flaming Glorybower Vine is a riot of deep red-orange flowers throughout the fall and winter. Sensitive to a hard freeze, it continues to aggressively climb and cover a trellis or chainlink fence throughout the year.
Clerodendrum x speciosum, Bleeding Heart Vine
Similar to Clerodendrum splendens but with a much softer and cooler color palette. It bears red flowers with purple bracts and is a vigorous grower that suckers. Another vine that works well for covering a fence or creating privacy.
Clerodendrum ugandense, Blue Butterfly Bush
I have to admit that I face a little bit of confusion with this plant. Some sources cite it as Rotheca ugandense, while others including the Missouri Botanical Gardens use the name Clerodendrum ugandense. Since we are examining the abundance of clerodendrums for Florida it seems appropriate to use the genus Clerodendrum.
True blue is a color that is hard to find in nature. This plant does well in both moist sun and shade and produces these blue flowers throughout most of the year. It is a favorite of bees and certainly a pollinator magnet. Despite the name Blue Butterfly Bush I haven’t actually seen many butterflies attracted to these flowers. Clerodendrum ugandense is a medium to large shrub reaching a height of 6′ tall.
Clerodendrum wallachii, Bridal Veil
I don’t know why this plant is still unusual or hard to find. It is so graceful and well kept that it would be a pleasure to have in almost any garden. The white cascading flowers are easily visible at night and the dark green leaves are a pleasurable backdrop or screen.
Clerodendrum incisum, Musical Note Clerodendrum
Musical note clerodendrum first caught my eye five or six years ago on a trip to Boynton Beach. The flowers are most spectacular right before they open when showing the beautiful musical note shape. At our house this plant flowers several times throughout the year– usually covered in flowers for a few weeks before resting again.
This is in the small shrub category, usually about three feet tall. Musical Note Clerodendrum appreciates relief from intense afternoon sun but tolerates part shade conditions well. It can become leggy after a year or so and benefits from a hard pruning to help it retain vigor and a better shape.
Clerodendrum smitinandii, Light Bulb Plant
I never knew I needed this plant until I saw it a few weeks ago. These small, 1″ white drops of flowers were hanging from a thin branch and covered in big, fat raindrops. It looked like the branch would snap any minute but the water drops just sparkled in the light.
I cannot find much information on Clerodendrum smitinandii which makes me want to grow it in my shade garden all the more. It seems to reach a height of about two feet tall and does best in partial shade with moist soil. Wouldn’t this be a great combination with Bridal Veil clerodendrum? Obviously the common name is derived from the unopened bulb-like buds but even the open flowers are quite beautiful.
Clerodendrums for Florida are an easy sell for me. Have you tried any of these in your landscape? Are there any I’ve missed?
For now I will keep searching my local nurseries and plant sales, trying to acquire a few more of the plants mentioned here…
Want to learn more about clerodendrums for Florida?
An article I wrote for Lowes is available here.
The Leu Gardens publication on Clerodendrums is here.