Cashmere bouquet Clerodendrum bungei (kle-ro-DEN-drum BUNG-gee-ee)
Perennial - Sun to Shade
Ht. 3’-6’ Spread 6’ and more
HABIT: Fragrant pink to red ½” flowers in 6”-8” clusters. Large dark green leaves with fuzzy undersides. Showy summer flowers. Spreads aggressively by underground suckers. Cut back severely in the spring and pick-prune through the growing season to maintain interesting summer color and texture.
CULTURE: Very easy to grow – maybe a little too easy. Drought tolerant and needs little care.
USES: Attracts hummingbirds. Good with other aggressive plants like perilla, Houttuynia, and hoja santa where spreading is not a worry.
PROBLEMS: Is very invasive. Clerodendrum paniculatum is the pagoda flower. Clerodendrum speciosissimum is the dramatic java plant.