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.