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PlantFiles: Musical Note Plant, Morning Kiss, Witches Tongue
Clerodendrum incisum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clerodendrum (kler-oh-DEN-drum) (Info)
Species: incisum (in-KYE-sum) (Info)

Synonym:Clerodendrum bernieri
Synonym:Clerodendrum dalei
Synonym:Clerodendrum macrosiphon
Synonym:Rotheca incisa
Synonym:Clerodendrum lindemuthianum

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39 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative eliasastro On May 9, 2012, eliasastro from Athens
Greece (Zone 10a) wrote:

Despite initial success with nice blooms, the first overwintering proved lethal. I kept it in a sheltered position, but some cold spells with lows close to freezing and cold days eventually killed it. I didn't expect it at all because most Clerodendrums are winter hardy here.

Positive julia42 On Dec 1, 2010, julia42 from Pearland, TX wrote:

This is a beautiful plant when in bloom, and easy on the eyes when not in bloom as well. It's been pretty drought hardy for me, but it does seem to attract some kind of small ant-like insect when in bloom. The ants don't seem to harm the plant, but when they cover the pure white flowers, it's pretty unsightly. On the other hand, I think they may be helping a little with pollination - the groups of blooms with the most bugs seem to develop the most seed pods.

I've collected a few seed but have not tried to germinate them yet. I'm wondering if anyone has had success with a particular method. Should they be nicked or soaked?

Positive Kiyzersoze On Jun 14, 2010, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have wanted this plant for some time. I finally got one at a plant sale but it wasn't marked and this place is known for having mismarked plants. I am happy to report that it is the correct plant and the blooms are what I hoped they would be. Really cool. My husband says they look more like golf clubs than musical notes. LOL!

Positive dmj1218 On Jul 21, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This unusual native of Nigeria blooms repeatedly throughout the growing season over 2-3 days with masses of long white corolla tubes which resemble musical notes and then open with bright red stamens towards the end of the cycle. After flowering, they form a thick, white carpet on the ground all around them. This small shrub rapidly grows to a height and width of about 3. Like many African natives; it prefers rich, moist soil, and shade in the summer. In the winter, it prefers drier and sunnier conditions. It responds to a balanced fertilizer on a monthly basis during the growing season with an abundance of blooms. The Witches Tongue or Musical Notes plant is very easy to grow and recommended for growing in zones 9-11.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Big Pine Key, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida (2 reports)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Mount Dora, Florida
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida (2 reports)
Saint Cloud, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Tampa, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Galveston, Texas
Highlands, Texas
Houston, Texas (6 reports)
Humble, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Rosenberg, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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