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Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower)

Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower)
Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower) Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower) Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower)
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Features This tropical beauty is covered with attractive deeply veined, ovate leaves. Its glory, however, are the eye-catching red and white flowers that bloom profusely from spring through fall. Made up of snowy white calyxes, the blooms are somewhat heart-shaped. Emerging from each calyx is a bright red flower with long stamens.
Exposure Partial shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 9-12
Mature Size 10-12' Tall, 4-5' Wide
Genus Description Clerodendrum is a genus of about 400 species of deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, and climbers, mainly found in wood­land in tropical and subtropical regions, particularly in Africa and Asia. They are cultivated for their terminal or axillary cymes, panicles, or corymbs of showy, usually salverform, often fragrant flowers with cylindrical tubes and protruding stamens. The leaves are arranged in whorls or opposite pairs. The shrubs are suitable for a border. Train the climbers over a trellis, pergola, or other support. Where not hardy, grow in a warm greenhouse or conservatory. The thomsoniae specie (commonly known as bleeding heart or glory bower) is a twining, evergreen climber with opposite, ovate, entire, rich green leaves, to 7 in (18cm) long. Terminal and axillary panicles, 4in (10cm) across, of flowers with bell-shaped, pure white calyces and rich crimson petals are produced freely in summer.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in large barrels of soil-based potting mix in full light, with shade from hot sun and good ventilation in summer. In growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. May become invasive by suckering.
Pests and Diseases Whiteflies, mealybugs, and aphids are common. Galls, cankers, and a few leaf spots can occur.

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