Verbena Bower / Glory Bower
Rose Glory Bower - Cashmere Bouquet - Mexicali Rose
Clerodendrum bungei
Verbenaceae (Vervain) Family

Plant is an upright, scruffy, hairy perennial. Its preferred habitat is yards, fence rows, waste areas and at roadside. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are large; toothed; rough; long stalked; course; heart-shaped and attached to the stem between lobes. Wide prominent veins above and beneath end in a course or finely cut tooth. Foul smelling odor when crushed. Larger leaves are at apex of stem.

Flowers are small but in a large terminal cluster at the top of the flowering stem; having a tube-like corolla and narrow, relatively short petals. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule, but plant propagates primarily through a trailing rootstock.

The plant is invasive, thus soil type or moisture is not a consideration. The plant is a horticultural introduction from China that escaped cultivation at widely scattered locations. While the plant is invasive it is easily controlled. Recognized in Florida as a wildflower, but not recognized as such in Alabama or Mississippi. Excellent for vegetating a low area where not much else will grow.

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