Blooming this Month

Shooting Star Clereodendron

Shooting Star or Starburst Clerodendron (Clereodendron quadriloculare) is aptly named for its showy 10 inch flowers that resemble tiny white stars shooting forth with a lovely pink tail trailing behind. It is a member of the mint family (thus, very fast growing) and native to New Guinea and the Philippines. Its trunk sports a smooth tan bark that becomes rough with age.The dazzling end-of-winter blooms make this plant a stand out in zones 9B to 11. It grows into a large shrub or can be pruned into a small tree reaching up to 15 feet tall.

Shooting Star is most eye-catching in mid-winter and early spring when its showy tubular blooms appear in large clusters. Hummingbirds and long-tongued butterflies love to visit these spectacular flowers for their sweet energizing nectar. The rest of the year, it’s the foliage that’s the point of interest. The topsides of the leaves are green with just a hint of purple and the undersides are a glossy deep purple. Be sure to plant in full sun or you may miss its dramatic display.

If you are attending this year’s Garden in Paradise Tour (Saturday, March 14), you will get to feast on its beauty. Our self-guided tour features 7 lovely gardens in the Sarasota area, as well as the gardens at the The Sarasota Garden Club. For tickets, please go to SarasotaGardenClub.org

Also, be sure to attend our Garden to Table Flower Show on Thursday, March 26.

Admission is free, and information is also on the website.