Rob's plants
home garden plants wildlife seed photos
plant sale journal topics plantlinks fun guestbook

Rotheca myricoides

Rotheca myricoides
blue butterfly
Rotheca myricoides

Synonym(s) Clerodendrum ugandense
Common name blue butterfly
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle tender shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers blue
Size 10'
Light part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Evergreen shrub from east Africa that will grow quite tall but can be kept pruned to a more manageable size. Leaves are rounded; flower clusters are borne at the ends of branches, consisting of individual 1-inch flowers. The flowers are two-toned, with three pale blue lobes and one violet blue lobe; the overall shape gives rise to their common name. Flowers keep on coming throughout the summer and fall. Ours was severely damaged by a series of mild overnight freezes in December – we'll see if it returns in spring.

blue butterfly
Frost damage in December 2017

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

About my plant portraits
PlantLinks to other web pages about Rotheca myricoides

I welcome comments about my web pages; feel free to use the form below to leave feedback about this particular page. For the benefit of other visitors to these pages, I will list any relevant comments you leave, and if appropriate, I will update my page to correct mis-information. Faced with an ever-increasing onslaught of spam, I'm forced to discard any comments including html markups. Please submit your comment as plain text. If you have a comment about the website as a whole, please leave it in my guestbook. If you have a question that needs a personal response, please e-mail me.

Your name

Your comments

home garden plants wildlife seed plant sale topics guestbook journal plantlinks

Last modified: December 10, 2017
Contact me