February 1, 2023
Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei is also known as Cashmere Bouquet, Mexicali Rose, Mexican Hydrangea, Rose Glory Bower, Glory Bower, or Glory Flower. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants.

Clerodendrum bungei is native to China and Southwest Asia. Though some of the common names refer to Mexico or Hydrangea, it is neither a Hydrangea nor from Mexico.

Clerodendrum bungei
Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei is a deciduous shrub. It has toothed, dark green leaves. They are heart-shaped. They grow to about 20cm or 8in long. The leaves have an unpleasant scent. But the flowers are sweet scented.

Clerodendrum bungei grows to about 2m or 6ft tall. It flowers in late summer and autumn. It produces pink clusters or corymbs of small terminal flowers. Each corymb is about 10cm or 4in diameter. The flowers attract butterflies.

Grow Clerodendrum bungei in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in rich, moist, and fertile soil that is also well-drained. Propagate by seed in spring or suckers in autumn or semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Clerodendrum bungei is generally disease-free. It is also pest-free. Clerodendrum bungei is very easy to maintain.

Clerodendrum bungei
Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei was discovered by Алекса́ндр Андре́евич Бу́нге, Alexander von Bunge (1803-1890). He was a Russian botanist of german ancestry. He is best known for his expeditions in Asia and Siberia. He originally discovered it in 1831 Clerodendrum foetidum. It was later, in 1840, renamed Clerodendrum bungei by Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel. Ernst Gottlieb von Steudel (1783-1856) was a German physician. It was named in honor of Alexander von Bunge.

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