Approximately 400 species of Clerodendron are native to Africa
and Asia. Most are shrubby plants. Several
species are cultivated for their attractive flowers. This native of Africa is a slender vine that climbs by twining. Flowers
are in clusters along the stems. What looks like an individual flower is a set
of white bracts from which a red flower emerges. The bracts remain attractive after
the flower falls off.
Both the typical green-leafed variety and a form with
variegated leaves are planted on campus.
See plants in Founders Plaza between Buildings 1 and 2.
Herbaceous vine with stems that climb or trail about fifteen feet.
Light: sun to part shade
Water: somewhat drought tolerant when established
Soil: adaptable to a wide range of soils
In north Florida,
bleeding heart vine is evergreen in mild winters but will die to the ground in
cold winters, recovering the following spring. It is a strong grower that can
spread by underground shoots and by shoots that root as they grow over the
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