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Container Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Blue Butterfly Bush, Blue Glory Bower, Blue Wings Bush
Rotheca myricoides, Clerodendrum ugandense, C. myricoides 'Ugandense'
From spring to fall the Blue Butterfly Bush produces large clusters of dainty blue flowers that very much resemble little butterflies and thus the name. This is a tropical plant that can be grown as a root hardy perennial in the northern portions of its range (zone 9 and warmer) otherwise it makes an easy to grow container plant. In its native habitat it can reach 10-12'H but more typically it is kept as a 4-6'H shrub. The long canes lend it to use as an espalier.
It's interesting to note that this was originally grouped with the South American Clerodendrons but as with all of the African species it has been moved into the Rotheca genus. The flowers are often visited by a variety of pollinators particularly bees, butterflies, as well as the occasional hummingbird.
Average Mature Size: 4-6'H x 4-6'W and larger in mild winter climates.
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral
Soil & Moisture: Average moisture, well-drained, fertile soils. Does well under average garden conditions.
Salt Tolerance: Slight
Native To / Origin: Tropical Africa
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: All plant parts are considered poisonous if ingested and sap may cause dermatitis.