Today I’m joining Katarina for Blooming Friday. Today’s theme is ‘used’, so I’m posting some nearly spent blooms of this variety of clerodendrum.
The East Indian Glory Bower/Clerodendrum colebrookianum is a shrub that can grow to a height of 1.5 to 3 mtrs. They are found all across the north eastern part of India and south eastern parts of Asia. The blooms are white and striking. And the butterflies love them! In my region, the plant is believed to have medicinal properties. The leaves are used in traditional medicine for high blood pressure and also for the treatment of rheumatism. The leaves have a pungent smell but steamed tender leaves can be quite tasty.
New blooms look like this. These plants grow wild all along hilly roads and in the jungle. All these photographs were taken in my mother’s garden in September. To see more beautiful blooms all across the world, please visit Katarina over at http://rosorochris.blogspot.com/