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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

May 20, 2020

Location: Fellsmere, my house

This is known as Clerodendrum thomsoniae
More commonly, Bleeding Glory-Bower
It is non-native and grows very fast
And provides hundreds of tiny red flowers.

Note: When I bought this as a tiny clipping at a "native plant" auction, it was labeled as a "Bleeding Heart". I was expecting it to grow in to the kind of bleeding hearts I grew up with up north, which I adore. It grew up to be totally not the same thing at all, so I was a little disappointed, but despite it being neither native nor a bleeding heart, it is still kind of pretty, and I've managed to keep it alive for over a decade now.

Sources: South Florida Plant Guide - Bleeding Heart Vine

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

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