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Clerodendron


A genus of Verbenaceae, of which two species are hardy. C. foetidum forms a shrub 4 or 5 feet high, with strong pithy shoots, clothed with large cordate leaves, and finished in August and September with large terminal corymbs of rose coloured flowers, which from a distance are fragrant, the odour becoming unpleasant on closer inspection. It was introduced from China in 1820.

Clerodendron trichotomum is found in China and Japan, and is called Kusagi. It is an ornamental shrub, 10 or 12 feet high, with ovate, acuminate leaves, and large flattened heads of fragrant white flowers with red calyx lobes. It blooms in August and September.

Both species rejoice in a rich warm loam.