Real World Gardener Blue Butterfly Bush n Plant of the Week

May 30th, 2019


Clerodendron Ugandense: Butterfly Bush

There are plenty of shrubs that are called by the common name of Butterfly Bush so it can be confusing if you want a particular one but don’t know the botanical name.

Some are called butterfly bush because they attract butterflies in that they have heaps of nectar and a landing pad for the butterflies to rest on while they’re having a drink.

Others are called butterfly bush because the flowers look like little butterflies.

But first, let’s find out about this plant.



I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.

We mentioned several different varieties namely

  • Clerodendron thomsonii, the white flowered climber, 
  • Clerodendron schmidtii _white flowered shrub 
  • Clerodendron ugandense-the blue flowered shrub

  If you have any questions about growing this particular butterfly bush either for me or for any of the plant panel, then why not write in to 


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