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Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’

Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ is also known as Clerodendrum myricoides ‘Ugandense’, Clerodendrum ugandense, or Butterfly Bush ‘Ugandense’.

Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ is a scrambling evergreen shrub. It has butterfly-shaped flowers. (Please note Buddleja is also commonly called Butterfly Bush but they are not related. Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. It is native to Africa.

Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'
Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’

Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ has glossy medium green leaves. They are obovate and elliptic. It flowers in summer and autumn. It produces terminal panicles of blue butterfly-shaped flowers. The flowers have long stamens. The flower petals are a different shade of violet. Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ in its natural habitat can grow to 4m or 14ft tall. Prune back to keep its shape.

Grow Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ in the sun or partial shade. Shelter it from the strong sun. Plant it in moist and fertile soil that is well-drained. In most climates, it is raised as a greenhouse plant. But given the proper climate, Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ can be grown in borders. It performs better in partial shade.

Propagate Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ by semi-ripe cuttings or root cuttings in the slow season. Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’ is generally disease-free. But if grown in a greenhouse watch out for red spider mite, whitefly, and mealybugs.

Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense'
Rotheca myricoides ‘Ugandense’

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