Looking good now
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
This stunning Indian bean tree is finally in flower at the heart of the Rock Garden.
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Clerodendrum ugandense

This leggy shrub native to Uganda in the eastern corridor is producing profuse panicles of these beautiful China blue flowers against pear-shaped mid green simple leaves.
The four upper lobes are broadly symmetrical and in a paler blue giving rise to the common moniker of butterfly bush - the curving anthers also looking rather like antennae. But the lower, fifth keeled petal in a deeper inky blue anchors these butterflies beautifully.

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