The dark and sultry clerodendrum quadriloculare explodes each spring with an incredible display of gorgeous blooms. This bush is in the Lamiaceae Mint family, and often called starburst or shooting star.
The leaves are dusty gray green, backed with deep purple. The blooms are in the tubular flowers that are a bright pink with white tips full of nectar that attracts pollinator butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
This bush can get about 10 feet tall and wide. It is a drought-resistant plant once it is established, can be grown in full sun, and is a nice addition to your garden.
Currently in bloom in the Butterfly Garden at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts.
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(Submitted by Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens Chair Sarasota Garden Club.)