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Last Update 02/18/12

Plant of the Month

Clerodendrum incisum

 Musical Notes Clerodendrum, Morning Kiss, Clerodendron, Witches Tongue

A small bushy shrub with small leaves. The white flowers from delicate shapes with their long tubular and rounded structure. They appear in large masses. The unopened flowers resemble musical notes in the bud stage - opening to showy flower with red stamens. Blooms on and off all year. Use as a short hedge, in small groupings or as a single specimen plant. This perfect landscape plant is very easy to grow, blooms in both full sun or shade, and tolerates some drought.

Musical Notes Clerodendrum. Click to Enlarge.

Musical Notes Clerodendrum Flowers. Click to Enlarge.

Musical Notes Shrub. Click to Enlarge.

Musical Notes Flowers. Click to Enlarge.


Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Musical Notes Clerodendrum, Morning Kiss, Clerodendron, Witches Tongue

Botanical Name:  Clerodendrum incisum

Family:  Lamiaceae

Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub

Origin: Africa

Zones: 9 - 11

Height:  4' by 3' wide

Rate of Growth: Fast

Salt Tolerance: Medium


Soil Requirements:  Well drained, moist, fertile humus

Water Requirements: Water freely, less water in winter

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun to Partial shade

Form:  Bush

Leaves:  2" or longer, light green

Flowers:  White, blooms all year

Fruits: N/A

Pests:  Whiteflies, mealybugs, aphids, common galls, cankers and leaf spots

Uses:  Accent bush

Bad Habits: N/A

Cost:  $$ -- reasonable, but may be difficult to find

Propagation:   cuttings & suckers

Source: American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants


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