Agricolaea fragrans (Vent.) Schrank
Clerodendrum fragrans (Vent.) R.Br.
Clerodendrum fragrans Willd.
Clerodendrum lasiocephalum C.B.Clarke
Clerodendrum macradenium Miq.
Clerodendrum philippinum Schauer
Clerodendrum roseum Poit.
Cryptanthus chinensis Osbeck
Ovieda fragrans (Vent.) Hitchc.
Volkameria fragrans Vent.
Volkmannia japonica Jacq.
Common Name: Chinese Glorybower
Clerodendrum chinense is an erect, evergreen shrub with stout branches, it grows up to 2 metres tall. The plant spreads freely by means of suckers[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is sometimes cultivated in China and Vietnam for medicinal use and is also often grown as an ornamental, the double-flowered but sterile form being most commonly cultivated[
E. Asia - southern China, Nepal, northeast India, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines
The plant suckers profusely and is found in pastures, roadsides, river banks, thickets and secondary forest; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,200 metres, occasionally to 2,000 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Species in this genus generally grow best in full sun or partial shade in a moist but well-drained soil[
]. Succeeds in a moderately to very sunny position in ordinary garden soil[
Widely cultivated as an ornamental, the plant is very aggressive and spreads freely by means of suckers[
]. It tends to escape easily from cultivation, becoming a weed in suitable climates - it has become.widespread throughout the tropics[
]. It is a major weed of roadsides and gardens in towns and villages and rapidly invades pastures and plantations wherever it is planted[
The flowers are very fragrant in the evening and attract butterflies[
Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth and so, to encourage flowering, any pruning is best carried out when the plant is dormant[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. Germination can be erratic but usually takes place within 20 - 60 days at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of the stem or side branches root very easily - simply insert them in the soil and water at regular intervals until they are growing well[
Root cuttings, 6 - 8cm long usually grow away well[
Division of suckers in the dormant season. Very easy, they can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.
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