Bunge Glorybower, Clerodendrum bungei

shrub of the family Verbenaceae (the same family: Clerodendron)

Etymology: Clerodendrum  comes from Greek kleros which means "chance" or "destiny" and dendron, "tree". It is therefore '"tree of chance". Alexander Andrejewitch von Bunge was a Russian botanist (Kiev 1803 - on 1890) who teached at the university of Dorpat in Estonia. He studied the flora in the desert of Gobi in Mongolia and in Western Siberia.
Origin: China.
Habitat: the Bunge Glorybower appreciates a suuny position, but supports half-shade, especially at the hot hours of the day. The cold drafts in winter will be avoided.
It does well in a light soil, humus, freshly.
Hardiness: zone 7 (it supports cold until -17 °C or 1° F ). Stems do not support cold below - 8 ° C or 18 °F. In case of frost, the plant will regenerate from stump.
Rate of Growth: fast.
Height: 1 - 2 m tall.
Shape: upright.
Deciduous foliage. Opposite, simple leaves, of 20 cm long, heart-shaped, with marked, roughly toothed, dark green ribs on the top. They emit a foul smell (reminiscent of urine ....) when crushed. Hence its old name: Clerodendron foetidum or foul.
Flowers in July-August, grouped in final, dense corymbs, of pink-lilac colour. Flowers are tubular, and have 4 petals. They are very odorous.
Fruits: spherical berries and of a very dark blue, in autumn.
Use: in insulated massif, to decorate a garden, a path.
Advices of planting: the Bunge Glorybower suckers abundantly from the roots in spring. Watch to plant him insulated and to clean accesses.
Propagation: the Clerodendrum of Bunge can be propagated by seedling, cutting, suckering or grafting. The herbaceous cutting is made in July, the cutting of roots in October, the division of suckerses in spring.


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