This Clerodendrum is being sold at Wal-Mart, pruned into a standard shape and labeled only as "Clerodendrum std (standard)." I've pored over photos of Clerodendrums, but with over 600 species (from what I've read), I haven't come across anything similar.
The leaves are about 3 inches long, 1/2 inch wide, tapered as you see, with a purple tint on the underside of the leaf.
Thanks for any help you can provide. I was able to propagate the plant from broken stem pieces I found on the floor.
I don't think so, tracks. I have P. laxiflorum 'Shooting Stars' and this is a different plant. The flowers don't have the long "throats" of the shooting star type plants. I'm fairly certain the Clerodendrum part of the labeling was correct. The leaves with the purple underside resemble Clerodendrum quadriloculare (which I'm also growing), but the leaves of this plant are more glossy and smaller.
Here are some photos of the leaves, as requested. I also compared the leaves of the Wal-Mart "Clerodendrum" with leaves from my Pseuderanthemum. (1st photo, P. laxiflorum leaves on the left, Wal-Mart plant on the right)
I pored over hundreds of photos online last night, trying to find a Clerodendrum that matched up with the plant from Wal-Mart. Some came close -- one with a purplish throat, but I lost track of the photo. This photo of a young sucker from C. quadricolare seems very similar to the plant from Wal-Mart, but the flowers are very different from C. quadricolare. (scroll down to the middle photo in the document).
In comparing the leaves to Pseuderanthemum, the plant from Wal-Mart has fleshier leaves, and has the very distinctive maroon underside of the leaves with a very distinctive midrib yellow stripe. My Pseuderanthemum laxiflorum has some light purplish mottling on the underside of the leaf. The plant from Wal-Mart also has narrow, more lanceolate leaves with a fairly stiff fold. Pseuderanthemum leaves are relatively thin and limp. I'm also not sure that Pseuderanthemum flower clusters form the somewhat pyramidal-shaped terminal flower cluster as does the Wal-Mart plant.
I can only come up with three photos of Pseuderanthemum bicolor on the Internet, and all three are completely different from one another/
From what I can see in photos of other Pseuderanthemum species, the petals seem to be arranged more in a 2 on top, 3 on the bottom spread rather than the circular arrangement of petals in the Wal-Mart plant.
That looks like it exactly, jnana! Thanks. I can sleep again and not have to spend another night rummaging through Clerodendrum photos on the Internet! LOL ( but I am serious!)
Well, I'll be satisfied that my pilfered floor droppings from Wal-Mart are perhaps not the world's rarest Clerodendrum, but an interesting Pseuderanthemum seticalyx. I may have to go out to Wal-Mart with a black marker and change the name on all the mislabeled plants so that no other compulsive plant collectors have to go through the torment I have endured since bringing the pruned pieces home.
I really appreciate all the help and suggestions from everyone. I would, though, like to know for sure what a Pseuderanthemum bicolor looks like. Does anyone have access to Horticopia or some other authoritative reference?
Hello, I was just searching the net for this plant also and came across this forum. I work in the garden dept. at Home Depot and we received this plant from a new vendor this week. They also had it listed on the pot as a clerodendrum std, but no other info. They probably provided the ones to Walmart too. Thanks to everyone for solving this mystery and saving me from a night of searching!
gardengal, I'm very glad this thread helped you I.D. the plant, and many thanks to you for being conscientious about selling plants with correct names. Please give your vendor at least a verbal thrashing for the misidentification! It resulted, I'm sure, in many cases of PAIDS (Plant Anxiety IDentification Syndrome). LOL