Clerodendrum

Glory Bower or Bleeding Heart Vine is one of the very few thomsoniae lianas in this family. The genus Clerodendrum includes 450 species distributed in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. In its native home of West Africa it grows to a height of several metres, but there is no need to worry because the stems can be cut back without any problem. The red and white flowers are truly lovely. The calyces are inflated and composed of fine white sepals; the blood-red corolla with extremely narrow tube extends from these. The long green stamens and awl-shaped style protrude from the corolla.

This Clerodendrum does well in a light position with diffused light. It does not tolerate draughts and requires liberal watering. In winter, when the plant should be allowed a rest period of about two months, water sparingly and only when the soil has become dry. Ventilate the room frequently. The leaves drop during the resting period. Pruning is beneficial, especially as the flowers are produced only on the current year’s wood. It is readily propagated in spring by means of tip cuttings. Put them in a mixture of peat and sand at a temperature of about 22° C (72° F). New plants should be potted up in heavier, nourishing compost, such as a mixture of frame soil and sand.

Clerodendrum speciosissim urn

This species is native to Polynesia, the Sunda Islands and New Guinea. It is an upright shrub about 3 m (10 ft) high. The long-stalked, opposite leaves have prominent veins. They are to-mentose on the upper surface and may even be white-felted on the underside. The flower panicles are large and borne at the tips of the branches. The calyx is purplish-red, the corolla scar let-red. The long filaments and style are also re.d. Growing conditions are the same as for C. thomsoniae .

Clerodendrum x speciosum

This hybrid is obtained from C. splendens and C. thomsoniae. It has pink sepals with a pointed apex and broadly obovate, scarlet-red petals. The filaments are red and white. Growing conditions are the same as for C. thomsoniae .

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