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Clerodendro speciosum

The Clerodendron is a shrub with beautiful flowers that is widely used in gardening.
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Clerodendrum thomsoniae, commonly known as "Bleeding Heart Vine" or "Glory Bower", is a climbing plant native to West Africa, specifically Cameroon. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is prized for its striking white and red flowers that resemble a drop of blood, giving it a unique ornamental appeal.


This plant features climbing stems that can reach several meters in length. The leaves are oval-shaped, deep green in color, and arranged oppositely along the stems. The flowers of Clerodendrum thomsoniae are its most distinctive feature: they appear in terminal clusters and are composed of small white flowers surrounded by red bracts, giving them their characteristic bleeding heart appearance.


The species was first discovered by the Scottish botanist Thomas Thomson in the mid-19th century during an expedition to West Africa. Since then, it has gained popularity worldwide as an ornamental plant due to its unique beauty.


Clerodendrum thomsoniae is a relatively easy plant to care for. It prefers locations with bright indirect light and well-draining, organic-rich soils. It is best kept in a warm and humid environment, with temperatures ranging between 18°C and 25°C. During spring and summer, it is advisable to fertilize every two weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer. In winter, reduce watering slightly and avoid cold drafts.


It is important to keep the soil slightly moist but not waterlogged. Water when the top layer of the soil is dry to the touch, usually every 7-10 days in summer and less frequently in winter. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.


Pruning is mainly done to control growth and shape the plant. It can be pruned after flowering to remove old or untidy stems and encourage more compact, vigorous growth.


In addition to its ornamental beauty, Clerodendrum thomsoniae has an interesting aspect regarding its reproduction. The seeds of this plant are poisonous and should be handled with care, but they are a source of interest for gardeners interested in propagating exotic plants. It is also important to note that some people may experience skin irritation when handling the plant, so wearing gloves when pruning or handling it is recommended.


Data sheet

Clerodendro thomsoniae
Green leaves and white and red flowers
Spring - Autumn
As a garden plant or houseplant with plenty of light
Being the product a living plant and depending on the season, this plant could be received, in some cases, not exactly the same as in the photography, but as similar as possible, without impacting on quality of the same.

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