Originating from Uganda and Zimbabwe, the Clerodendrum belongs to the Verbenaceae family. It is also referred to here as the Pagoda Plant. Some Clerodendrums are known for their medicinal uses. Have you ever taken a really good look at the extraordinary flowers? The delicate flowers, ranging from light blue to occasionally purple in colour, contrast strikingly with the background of deep green leaves and are reminiscent of butterflies with the stamens resembling the antennae of these insects. This type of Clerodendrum is the Clerodendrum Ugandense. While a variety of species are available as houseplants, the Ugandense is the only species suitable for use as a pot plant for your patio or balcony. The Ugandense with its butterfly-like flowers has been available at garden centres and florists for a few years now.
Where to put the plant on your patio or balcony
Clerodendrums thrive in sunny spots but it is preferable not to place them in direct sunlight. If you also make sure that your plant is kept fairly sheltered from the wind, it will reward you by producing an abundance of beautiful flowers all summer long.
Caring for your Clerodendrum
An abundantly flowering plant will need a lot of water in summer temperatures. So don’t be afraid to water your plant every day on warm summer days in order to keep the potting soil uniformly moist. You should also feed your plant by giving it a small quantity of plant food on a weekly basis.
You only need to prune a Clerodendrum if you think that it has grown too big. In the case of a tree, you prune the longest branches hard.