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Clerodendron ugandense (Blue butterfly bush, Clerodendron)

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Plant description

clerodendrum ugandense blue butterfly bush.(1)

clerodendrum ugandense blue butterfly bush.

Clerodendron ugandense, the blue butterfly bush, is an evergreen shrub with masses of blue flowers that resemble butterflies. It is long flowering, from spring to summer and autumn, and the blooms are nectar rich and attract nectar loving insects and birds. It is best in tropical to sub-tropical areas, and for warm sheltered positions in temperate climates.

Clerodendron likes a well drained soil. Water regularly. It is frost sensitive, but if frost causes the plant to die back, it can resprout from the base again. Responds well to pruning.

Propagation is by tip cuttings.

This plant is also known as Clerodendron myricoides, Cyclonema myricoides, Cyrtostemma myricoides, Siphonanthus myricoides, Spironema myricoides and Rotheca myricoides.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: blue
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butteflies, bees, birds, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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