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Friday, June 4, 2010

Clerodendrum speciosum, The Red Bleeding Heart Vine

This is one of the few plants that blooms well in shade.

My previous post was about a White Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae). Today's post is about the Red Bleeding Heart Vine.

It is important to note that both these Bleeding Heart Vines are different from the Bleeding Heart or Lamprocapnos spectabilis * (formerly Dicentra spectabilis) which is of a different family (Fumariaceae) and the source of the Bleeding Heart folklore about the Princess who's heart bled for her dead Prince.

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Scientific name: Clerodendrum speciosum
Synonym: Clerondendrum delectum

Common name: Red Bleeding Heart Vine, Java Glory Vine

Chinese name: 龙吐珠 ('long tu zhu' or dragon spitting pearl)
Malay name: Nyonya Makan Sirih (Maiden/Fair Lady chewing betel leaves)
Family: Verbenaceae

Origin: Horticulture.
Clerondendrum speciosum is a hybrid of Clerondendrum splendens * and Clerondendrum thomsoniae *

Photographs taken by Autumn Belle at The Secret Garden of 1-Utama
Grateful thanks to Dr. Francis Ng of The Secret Garden of 1-Utama.

It is a red flower with a lavender bract. It has herbaceous dark-green leaves and long stems. The leaves looks quite like betel leaves. It grows better on the soil than in pots and best trained on arbors, trellises, arches, up a fence, pillar or tree. A strong support is needed for this soft, tropical perennial climber to thrive and show off its beauty.

Prunning is necessary to remove dead twigs and ends of branches.

Propagation is by stem cuttings. The flowers are sterile and do not seed. 

My post today is dedicated to Nell Jean of Secrets of a Seed Scaterer Blog. At the moment, she is saying Hooray to Hydrangeas and I am extremely green with jealousy over the gorgeous and heavenly scented white gardenias in her garden situated in the humid depths of Southwest Georgia, USA. Thank you very much for being the first commenter of my previous post on Clerodendrum thomsoniae.

This is also my entry for Fertilizer Friday, June 4th, 2010. To participate and view other entries around the world, do visit Tootsie at Tootsie Time.


  1. So many different Clerodendrons! All of them are pretty. Thanks for sll the information.

  2. Beautiful and thanks for sharing the information.

  3. Nice vine Autumn Belle! The colour is so striking. Wait till the plant climbs all the way up. I am sure it is going to look prettier and prettier! Have a great weekend.

  4. I also am impressed with your clerodendrons... I've grown thompsonae in the house in the past and loved the white with gorgeous red blooms... Larry

  5. Just gorgeous.

  6. Now that is a "keeper", beautiful blossoms!

  7. I agree...keeper! It is very pretty. I love the bloom colors.

  8. Very beautiful pictures of the Bleeding Heart! What a gorgeous flower to grow in the garden! I have to keep the Bleeding Heart in a pot, and it will never grow to bee that big and beautiful!
    Have a great weekend!

  9. I've never tried a bleeding heart. Think I'll have try to grow them. Just beautiful

  10. Autumn Belle: Very beautiful pictures! I love this flower, the shape and the color. I saw the same bleeding heart vine in purple color sold in the local nursery. But then I read they could be invasive if put in the ground. Since I don't have much space, I was scared away. I saw you kept it in a container, are you plannin gto put it into the ground?

  11. I'm surprised to read that this beautiful plant grows well in the shade. I'd definitely grow them in my backyard! I don't get a lot of sun so plants that do well with minimal water and in the shade are my type now.

  12. What a beautiful plant! I'd never heard of the bleeding heart vine.

  13. That is an amazing flower! Ihave never heard of a bleeding heart vine. Thanks for sharing, Paula in Idaho I wonder if it could grow in my zone?

  14. I was unaware that Dicentra spectabilis had changed its name. I suppose Botanists are always discovering new things about plants and have to reclassify them.
    The vine is very pretty Autumn.

  15. Lovely blooms. Great photos.
    Have a nice weekend.

  16. Really pretty flowers! I think it looks a lot like it's other name "dragon spitting pearl"

  17. Thanks SO MUCH for the info. I've seen these and thought they were so lovely but never knew their name. Thank you.

  18. Hi, everyone. Thank you very much for the comments and personal views.

    Melanie, Dicentra spectabilis is the real 'Bleeding Heart' with the folk tale. It didn't change its name. I have not posted this flower before. The 2 Clerodendrums that I have posted are 'Bleeding Heart Vines', not Bleeding Hearts. Common names are quite confusing, that's why they have scientific names.

  19. Paula, in the USA, this plant can be grown Florida, Texas and California. Hardiness Zone 10 and 11.

  20. I had come across this one but had not rescue it and placed it in my garden. By the time I came for the second time - this plant had already been destroyed as the area had been cleared from weeds.

  21. OOOh, I want this!


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