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RE: bronze fennel/Clerodendrum

Gene - Suckering is right.  My husband and I are now taking bets on when
ours will make its way under the drive to the other side.  It's common
for us to find shoots popping up 15-20 ft. from the mother plant.
Mowing works for us and we just cut off those we find in the flower
beds.  The upkeep is worth it.  It's such a treat to see the bees,
butterflies and occasional hummingbird flocking to it.  They do love it,
which makes it a keeper in my book.

Zone 7 - West TN

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Gene Bush
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 6:35 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] bronze fennel/Clerodendrum

Hello Zem,
    Had a landscaping friend bring us a Clerodendrum this summer in the
back of his pickup truck in full sun, no cover on the meager root ball,
and the plant about six feet in height. We just knew it was a goner.
Planted the thing after about a week or two of trying to make up our
mind if it was worth the effort. Seems it was. It is now in bloom. Wife
loves the fragrance of the oddly shaped buds and blooms. To me the
foliage smells like peanut butter... love that stuff and the aroma.
He... the landscaper, was over this past week to make the announcement
that we need to be very careful of the suckering habit... like all over
the place. We can mow on 3 sides..... suppose we can predict the rest of
the story.......
    Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
> BTW, my Clerodendrum trichotomum is about 20 feet tall and 15 feet 
> wide
> summer and is in full bloom for the first time.  I would never believe
that a
> plant whose leaves smell like vitamins would produce flowers that 
> smell so good.  The butterflies, bees and humming birds appear to love

> it.  Of
course, I
> have suckers coming up all over the place!  I just keep mowing them 
> down.
> zem

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