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Clerodendrum thomsoniae

Clerodendrum thomsoniae
bleeding heart clerodendron

Synonym(s) Clerodendron thomsoniae
Common name bleeding heart clerodendron
Family verbenaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers white/red (summer-fall)
Size vine to 15'
Light part shade

Evergreen woody vining plant producing delightful red-and-white dangling flowers. The white parts are actually bracts, and contrast strikingly with the dark red petals below. I was assured when purchasing this that it would be hardy here (zone 8b/9), but some sources rate it hardy only to zone 10. It probably would not have survived the particular winter that followed shortly after I planted it in just about the only part of our fenceline that gets enough shade to satisfy this prima donna. But it wasn't even the winter that did it in – our plant went into decline shortly after planting, and just faded away. I'll have to try it, or one of its relatives, again some time.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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