Clerodendron thomsoniae - Bleeding heart vine
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 ground.