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Clerodendrum ugandense - Butterfly Bush

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Verbenaceae (Vervains)
Origin: Africa, Central (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Blue
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Synonyms: [C. myricoides 'Ugandense']
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Clerodendrum ugandense (Butterfly Bush) - An open, evergreen shrub reaching 6 to 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide with 4 inch long dark green glossy leaves. From spring through fall appear the delicate and intricate flowers, suggestive of a butterfly in flight. To create this illusion the flower has four petals of light blue color (the wings) with a bottom petal of violet blue (the body) and the pistil and stamens arching outward and upward (the antennae). Black, fleshy fruit follows the spring blooms. Plant in part to full (coastal) sun and irrigate regularly. Hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. Can be pruned back continually to keep the plant more compact. This species from East Africa (originally described from Kenya and not Uganda) will take rather cooler conditions than most tropical clerodendrums. We have grown this plant since 1983 after discovering it growing neglected in a rather dry location in Franceschi Park, the Santa Barbara home and garden of the turn of the 19th century horticulturist Dr. Francesco Franceschi (AKA Emanuele Orazio Fenzi). This plant was originally described as Clerodendrum ugandense by Prian in 1909 but more recent treatment lists it as Clerodendrum myricoides or Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense'.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Clerodendrum ugandense.