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Clerodendrum bungei - Steud.

Common Name Glory Flower, Rose glorybower, Cashmere Bouquet, Mexican Hydrangea, Glory Bower
Family Verbenaceae
USDA hardiness 7-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Waste places, hillsides and damp shady roadsides to 2300 metres[147]. Mixed forests on mountain slopes and along the sides of roads, below 2500 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China to N. India.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Clerodendrum bungei Glory Flower, Rose glorybower, Cashmere Bouquet, Mexican Hydrangea, Glory Bower
Clerodendrum bungei Glory Flower, Rose glorybower, Cashmere Bouquet, Mexican Hydrangea, Glory Bower


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Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early fall. Form: Upright or erect.

Physical Characteristics

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Clerodendrum bungei is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 2 m (6ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to November. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Clerodendrum yatschuense H.J.P.Winkl. Pavetta esquirolii H.Lév. Volkameria bungei (Steud.) L


Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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Anodyne  Anthelmintic  Antiinflammatory  Carminative

A decoction of the leaves is applied externally as an anodyne, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, carminative[147, 218].

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Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Arbor, Container, Specimen. Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[1, 200] but prefers a fertile humus-rich well-drained soil[164, 200]. The soil must not be allowed to dry out in the growing season[1]. Requires a position sheltered from cold drying winds[1, 200]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c[184], they can be cut to the ground in severe winters but usually resprout from the base, especially if they have been well mulched, they will then flower in late summer[11, 182, 200]. Plants succeed in an open position at Wisley in Surrey[11]. Spreads rapidly by suckers[11]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[200]. They have a delicious scent[245]. The leaves are foetid when crushed[182]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Fragrant foliage, Not North American native, Fragrant flowers.

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Seed - best sown as soon as possible in a greenhouse. Germination can be erratic but usually takes place within 20 - 60 days at 20°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. Root cuttings, 6 - 8cm long, December in a greenhouse. High percentage[78]. Division of suckers in the dormant season. Very easy, they can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Rose glorybower, cashmere bouquet; glory bower; glory flower; Mexican hydrangea. Chinese: chou mu dan; xiu mu dan. Germany: herrlicher Losstrauch. Japan: beni-bana-kusagi.

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Asia, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, India, North America, USA, Mexico, India, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Bolivia,Brazil.

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

This plant can be weedy or invasive- rose glorybower, strong-scented glorybower. Reproduces by both seeds and root suckers, which allow it to spread quickly and widely and form colonies, and is dispersed by humans and birds. Included in the European invasive plants database and the Global Compendium of Weeds.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Clerodendrum cyrtophyllum 11
Clerodendrum japonicumJapanese glorybower11
Clerodendrum kwangtungense 10
Clerodendrum trichotomumChou Wu Tong, Harlequin glorybower, Ferruginous clerodendrum, Harlequin Glory Bower13


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Christine Seelye-King   Thu Jul 29 15:17:08 2004

This plant volunteered in my yard several years ago, and has slowly creeped up to where it has taken over large portions of the available growing area. It is very pretty, but I would like to know how to effectively eliminate it. I am in Atlanta, Georgia

00goddess   Wed Jul 5 2006

C. bungei can most certainly grow in shade, and it grows very well there. It is taking over the lot behind me and making forays into my own yard. I do not find the scent of the leaves unpleasant, but I also do not find the flowers tobe strongly scented at all. I was disappointed to smell them and find almost no scent. Perhaps the scent is only for the first day?

   Sat Sep 29 2007


JJ   Mon Apr 13 2009

Hi, I would like to know if I should cut the plant, it is looking a bit too tall and spindly, would cutting it make it any better?

david n   Mon Apr 13 2009

According to the plant encyclopedia "Botanica": stems will reach 6 ft unless cut to the ground every spring,: new growth will then flower on 3 ft stems.

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