Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Flaming Glorybower

This beautiful  plant,  Flaming Glorybower (Clerodendrum splendens), caught my attention first with the luxuriant bloom.  Isn't it gorgeous?  What great color!  It blooms for months at a time, from December to April or May.   But then, see the coiled flower parts at the center of each blossom?  It looks almost as if this flower caught a caterpillar to eat!

Eventually these filaments will unfurl releasing pollen-filled anthers for dusting its favorite pollinators -- butterflies. As the flowers continue to age, petals drop and dark fruits form inside the floral cups that brightly colored sepals form.

Flaming Glorybower's evergreen vines will thickly cover a wall or trellis in a frost-free spot. This one seems happy in the conservatory at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.