Plant Finder

Just a quickie.

Can anybody identify this plant for me?

It’s got a very woody stem – part of which you can see poking up to the left of the flower head – and is currently around 50 inches tall (128cm).  It’s still in its pot as we’re not sure where to put it until we know what it is and what conditions it likes.

That’s all for today – I’m off to my fainting couch to sit out the mid to high 30 degrees heat we’re having at the moment.

Have a good weekend!


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  1. #1 by Johanna on August 4, 2018 - 09:07


    • #2 by tialys on August 4, 2018 - 10:13

      I see where you’re coming from with that Johanna because the flower looks a bit similar but I think Kate’s hit the nail on the head with ‘Clerodendrum’.

      • #3 by Johanna on August 4, 2018 - 12:21

        When I saw Kate’s reply I thought this must be a different Clerodendrum. I have one in my garden and the flowers look different. Mine is a tree which I transplanted to another part of the garden years ago. In the place where I transplanted it from I sometimes find a new one. Probably a peace of the root is still there. I gave this to a friend and to my surprise it did not become a tree but it remains a shrub. The flowers have a lovely perfume and very colourful berries.
        Our tree and my friends shrub are in full soil. They loose their leaves in winter but they resist the frost. They get their new leaves in spring a bit later than other trees. It is also called peanutbutter tree, when you rub the leaves it smells like peanutbutter.

      • #4 by Johanna on August 4, 2018 - 12:27

        I wanted to find out about this so I searched on the internet. shows a picture of both Clerodendrums. Yours is C. Bungei, mine is C. trichotomum. I am glad I have learned again something today, thank you Kate and Thialys🌷

      • #5 by tialys on August 5, 2018 - 10:00

        Ooh yes, I can see why you’d be confused because your plant is very different isn’t it? It looks very pretty and I’m hoping ours will be able to resist the frost too because we are quite high up and plants such as oleander, which flower profusely just down the hill from us are not hardy enough for our garden. Thank you for this information – we’ve both learned something new 🙂

  2. #6 by katechiconi on August 4, 2018 - 09:19

    I think it’s a Clerodendrum. If it is, it climbs a bit, it’s nicely scented and prefers a sheltered sunny spot and has berries in the autumn. They’re not frost tolerant.

  3. #7 by tialys on August 4, 2018 - 10:11

    I think you’re probably right Kate – we bought it from a woman at a Vide Grenier who had potted up several in pots and was selling them cheaply and she did say something ending with ‘drum’ but we couldn’t locate an example afterwards. Just found it on the RHS site and it definitely looks as if this is what it is. Shame it’s not frost resistant as we are high up here and sometimes on the snow line but I see, on another site, it should come back after being knocked down by the frost once the weather warms up. I’ll tell husband and he can decide where to plant it now..

  4. #8 by Emmely on August 4, 2018 - 10:28

    I have no idea (but see that Kate probably solved the mystery), very lovely flowers though!

    • #9 by tialys on August 5, 2018 - 10:01

      I sometimes think there’s nothing Kate doesn’t know 😉

  5. #10 by myquiltprojects on August 4, 2018 - 12:09

    This is also called a Mexican Hydrangea. Beautiful!

    • #11 by tialys on August 5, 2018 - 10:01

      Ahh! I can see why that would be. It’s going in the soil today so, hopefully, it will take and I’ll be able to show you all how it’s getting on next Spring.

  6. #12 by Lynda on August 4, 2018 - 17:41

    What can I tell you about this flower? Nothing. It is beautiful. Does it have a scent? So I can’t ID, but have you heard about this available online? PictureThis – Plant Identification
    There are other mentions on the right sidebar for this purpose also.

    • #13 by tialys on August 5, 2018 - 09:53

      It is scented but the flowers have gone over now.
      Mr. Tialys used an app to try to identify this plant – although I don’t know whether it was the app you linked to. It didn’t know it and so he tested it on some more obvious ones and, when it didn’t recognise a pansy, he gave up.

      • #14 by Lynda on August 6, 2018 - 06:25

        Oh! LOL, and I had heard so many good things. That is hilarious!

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