What's blooming at the Baltimore Conservatory
Photo credit: Michael Lemmon
Commonly known as “Starburst” and part of the Verbenaceae family, this plant will bring a dazzle of blooming fireworks to any garden.
Located in the Conservatory's original Palm House, it is a true attention grabber.
Native to the Philippines, the Clerodendrum naturally grows as a bush or shrub but can be pruned to grow into a tree up to 12 feet high.
Blooms average 6 to 10 inches across in a display of white and pink flowers. The foliage is just as striking, with leaves of dark green and underlying dark purple.
But it can be quite invasive and is suitable to containers. Does best grown in zones 9, 10, and 11 but can be brought indoors to avoid freezing temperatures.