Saturday, October 26, 2013

Today's Flowers: Butterfly Bush

It is easier to remember its common name as Butterfly Bush rather than its proper name, Clerodendrum myricoides 'Ugandense'.
Native to tropical Africa, blue glory bower is a sprawling evergreen shrub with a weak upright habit. It grows to 6-10’ tall in its native habitat, but more typically grows 2-4’ tall in containers in the St. Louis area. It is sometimes commonly called butterfly bush (though totally unrelated to Buddleja) because its bicolored light blue/violet flowers with long protruding purple stamens purportedly resemble butterflies in flight. Blooms in late summer to fall. Elliptic to narrow obovate glossy dark green leaves (to 4” long).

It is one of a kind easy to grow unique flowering plants, no serious insect or disease problems. Watch for aphids and whitefly.

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