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Rotheca myricoides

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Common names: Blue Cat’s Whiskers (E);

Shrub, Tree
A shrub or small tree that bears delightful blue flowers in summer.

Rotheca myricoides

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

2m x 1.5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Rotheca myricoides

DESCRIPTION
Formerly known as Clerodendrum myricoides, this medium sized, evergreen shrub bears glossy green foliage.
It produces masses of beautiful, butterfly-shaped blue to purple flowers in spring and summer.
The flowers are followed by small, round green fruits which ripen to dark purple and are favoured by birds.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers are visited by Carpenter Bees, which pollinate them and the edible fruit is eaten by birds and monkeys.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Prune regularly to encourage it dense form and abundant flowering.
LANDSCAPING USES
A beautiful shrub for low screening in a small garden. It also looks stunning when grown in a container.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
FRUIT

3 Responses

  1. Hi David

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook and your valuable information.

    We’ll do an update shortly.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. In fact the new botanical name is Rotheca myricoides and it is now in the family of Mint (Lamiaceae) but originally it was in the family of Teak or Vervain family (Verbenaceae). The word Clerodendrum comes from Greek, Kleros meaning Chance and dendrom a tree of various medicinal benefits and myricoides meaning resembling the Myrica family.

  3. Despite the fact that in Europe and America it is known as a flower Originating from Uganda, the Ugandans time immemorial have been using it medicinally for instance the roots are prostaglandin synthesis inhibitors therefore, nociceptive or pain killers and it is cicatrissant having an ability to heal wounds.

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