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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Veined
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Not suitable for containers


Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Aug 26, 2014 1:16 PM

Clerodendrum bungei is a beautiful flowering perennial shrub here in my Florida garden, but it can be a bit of a headache. Well, to be honest ... it can be a huge headache! The plant is an aggressive spreader, sending up suckers all around itself, and it is considered invasive in some regions of the south. I find little plants popping up in flower beds as well as the lawn and I've even pulled a few growing out of the slats of the wood deck. The leaves, when crushed, have a strong musky smell, which I don't find to be very pleasant, but the large clusters of flowers are quite fragrant and really beautiful. Clerodendrum bungei does well in full sun to part shade, blooms from summer through fall, and is very drought tolerant once established. This plant is very easy to propagate by cuttings (which root easily), but rooting cuttings isn't really necessary because the plant sends up suckers all over the place! I really wish I'd kept it in a container instead of planting it in-ground because it has become a chore trying to keep it in check. This plant attracts several species of butterflies, providing nectar for the adults and a food source for their caterpillars.

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Posted by KimberliCrawford (Lake city Fl) on Jun 30, 2017 10:02 AM

I bought this plant, didn't know what it was. Everyone said I should throw it away because the leaves smell so awful. But this is its first bloom and it's beautiful!

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 13, 2019 8:25 PM

I grew some in the ground and it spread with a vengeance. I put it in a large pot and thought I'd solved the issue. The next spring it came up all around the pot, so all I can think is those pretty flowers set seeds that dropped beyond the pot edge. I gave the pot and all the plantlets I could dig to someone that had an acre lot and wanted something that spread, attracted bees & butterflies, and was pretty. That's a good description of it, but I ended up using Roundup to get rid of it in my small yard.

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