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Clerodendrum ugandense - Butterfly Bush


Clerodendrum ugandense - Butterfly Bush (Clerodendrum ugandense - Butterfly Bush)

This large butterfly bush was in full bloom. Photo taken on Jan. 22, 2013 at the San Diego Zoo.



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Mine is just coming to the end of a serious flush of flowers!

25 Jan, 2013

 

I know they can bloom profusely most of the year. This large shrub (around 8 ft/2.5m) tall isn't as great a bloomer...like some others at the zoo.

25 Jan, 2013

 

Crikey! Mines almost as tall!

25 Jan, 2013

 

This plant has the same spread.

This shrub tends to grow extremely fast, especially when well-watered. I don't think this plant gets a lot of water.

25 Jan, 2013

 

The spread on mine was pruned back to about a metre when I bought it indoors.
As you say they're seriously thirsty!

25 Jan, 2013

 

Yes, most Clerodendrum species are very thirsty.
I almost lost my Clerodendrum quadriloculare due to not watering it back in fall during some very hot weather.

26 Jan, 2013

 

As I recall it was you who tipped me off that they were thirsty..............

26 Jan, 2013

 

Yes, most likely I did. Most Clerodendrum species are native to high rainfall areas of the tropics.

26 Jan, 2013

 

Mine are twigs at the moment. I'm not worried, I know they are fine......as soon as warm weather stars new shoots appear.

29 Jan, 2013

 

What temps have yours taken Alex?

29 Jan, 2013

 

Last year the temps dropped to -C with frost. Both plants survived so this year should be nothing for them. We are having a wet but just cold winter. (no frost, no freezing temps)

29 Jan, 2013

 

Thanks Alex!

29 Jan, 2013

 

Alexandramou:

It's suppose to be an evergreen shrub. It must be getting pretty cold for this plant to loose its leaves. Usually frost or freezing temps will cause it to loose its leaves.

29 Jan, 2013

 

Mine lost all its leaves when it took a frost - I lost my nerve and bought it indoors!

29 Jan, 2013

 

Meanie:

That was probably a good idea. I know they're pretty hardy in the ground. In a pot if the roots freeze it'll most likely will die.

29 Jan, 2013

 

That was my fear.
Got a few cuttings on the go to experiment with.

29 Jan, 2013

 

You read my mind. lol! I was going to suggest taking cuttings for experimenting in some places in your yard.

29 Jan, 2013

 

They strike easily enough and I have lots of new growth to play with!

30 Jan, 2013

 

They call it a "garden" Delonix. ;o))))
I'm not sure it will survive the temps they get in the UK. Don't forget the snow...

Did you get snow Meanie?

No frost of freezing temps so far.....it probably just doesn't like the cold. Mind you we get the wind off the sea....it might not like that either.

30 Jan, 2013

 

Alexandramou:

OK! Garden! LOL! :>)

If it snows and the ground freezes the roots will most likely die. It'll still be worth experimenting with some in the protected "GARDEN". LOL!

It's quite possible that C. ugandense doesn't like the coastal winds. It's native to the more inland areas of tropical Africa.

30 Jan, 2013

 

Got snow Alex, although it wasn't as cold as it was in mid December.

Delonix - it most certainly is a garden! A yard tends to refer to a farm or an outdoors place of work over here. Not that I'm a pedant over that sort of thing................

30 Jan, 2013

 

Yes, there's so many meaning for "yard". We Americans refer to it as the front and back yard (where the gardens are planted).

31 Jan, 2013

 

Lol.... it took me a long time to call my yard a garden. Must admit, my front garden sounds better than.....my front yard. Lol...

I use to laugh when my english friends would say "that's a pretty garden" (only a small patch at first at the side of my house) Made me feel better though.

My American friends go "garden???????????????"

As much as I love the snow....I would hate to see it on my plants because that would mean "trouble".

31 Jan, 2013

 

Snow is not as bad as a very hard frost Alex. Snow tends to be insulating except in the last couple of very hard winters that we had.

31 Jan, 2013

 

Meanie:

I would definitely have to disagree. Snow on my plants would only mean one thing, all dead plants!

31 Jan, 2013

 

"I would definitely have to disagree. Snow on my plants would only mean one thing, all dead plants!"

You grow the wrong plants!!!!

31 Jan, 2013

 

No, the perfect ones for this climate! :>)

San Diego has never recorded snow (Downtown and urban areas, where I live). Although, snow fell once in January of 1967 within the city limits above 1,200 feet.

1 Feb, 2013

 

Perhaps you should try gardening in a different climate!!!!

1 Feb, 2013

 

Yes, Hawaii would be perfect. The tropical climate would be excellent for my plants!

1 Feb, 2013

 

I was thinking more along the lines of Norway, Maybe Iceland?!!!!!

1 Feb, 2013

 

First you try it, then maybe I'll think about it, NOT!!! LOL! :>)

2 Feb, 2013

 

Where's your pioneering American spirit??!!

2 Feb, 2013

 

You can take my pioneering American spirit! LOL

2 Feb, 2013

 

In such an instance I reckon that I'll let you hang on to it if you don't mind!

3 Feb, 2013

 

LOL!

4 Feb, 2013



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