Blooming Friday

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.

The blooming period is from late July to October. The fruit turns red from green and then to a bluish colour. When dry, they turn black.

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/

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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17 Responses to Blooming Friday

  1. These are very interesting looking, and a new plant to me! Are they very tiny, or larger?

  2. Hi Kanak, it’s been a while since I’ve stopped by! It’s nice to learn about a plant that doesn’t grow around here! Interesting to look at, as well as the ways it can be used! I hope this finds you doing well! Have a great weekend;-)

  3. mia says:

    A nice plant, not only pretty but also useful 🙂

  4. ingmarie we says:

    Very interesting! You have a beautiful blog. I specially admire your photos of the butterflies and dragonflies. Have a nice weekend.

  5. I particularly like the detail in your photo of the white flower heads. A lovely post, Kanak.

  6. Hello Kanak, longtimenosee 🙂 Lovely to be back and visit your most wonderful blog. I have a lot to catch up / Love Tyra

  7. Thank´s for all your information about this very interesting and very nice flower/shrub!

  8. Gela says:

    Hi, lovely pictures you show us. Have a nice weekwnd/Gela

  9. Katarina says:

    The new blooms are indeed pretty! It’s interesting how many plants can be used for so many different reasons.

  10. easygardener says:

    Interesting how so many plants are used for medicinal purposes – including many you would not expect. The flowers look very pretty.

  11. Madame C says:

    How lovely to learn so much about quiet a different corner of the world:) Beautiful pictures too!
    Have a great weekend,
    Charlotta
    Cesars trädgård

  12. Autumn Belle says:

    This is a lovely clerodendrum with pretty white flowers, once which I have never seen before. Very special!

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