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Last Update 02/12/12
Plant of the Month

 Clerodendrum (Clerodendron) Quadriloculare

 Starburst, Shooting Star

Striking, to say the least, Clerodendrum (Clerodendron) Quadriloculare is a fairly easy to grow evergreen shrub.  Of the family Verbenaceae it is more commonly known as Starburst, Shooting Star or Glorybower. It requires no special care except for training and restraining. Starburst is a sub-tropical plant the family of which is native to Africa and Asia (Pacific Islands).

Clerodendrum (Clerodendron) Quadriloculare

Shooting Star (Click for Larger View)

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Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Starburst, Shooting Star, Glorybower

Botanical Name:  Clerodendrum (Clerodendron) Quadriloculare

Family:  Lamiaceae

Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub

Origin: Africa, Asia (Pacific Islands)

Zones: 9 - 11

Height:  10' or more

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:  6" or longer -- top dark green, bottom dark purple

Flowers:  Pink and white, blooms January through February

Fruits: Inedible Berries

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

Uses:  Accent bush -- show piece

Bad Habits: Invasive by suckering, severe pruning will bring on an outburst of suckers and shoots. Suggest keeping potted to prevent invasion. Clerodendrum (Clerodendron) Quadriloculare will spread -- be sure you are ready for the consequences if you plant it in the ground.

*** A patented variety released by Morningstar Nursery called Dwarf Purple leaf 'Morningstar' grows to only about 6 feet. The leaves are smaller and ruffled, but produce more flower heads per plant. It is less aggressive and can be maintained as a pruned shrub or hedge without detracting from its performance

Cost:  $$ -- reasonable

Propagation:   cuttings, suckers, seeds

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

 

 

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