Clerodendrum Species, Cashmere Bouquet, Mexicali Rose, Mexican Hydrangea, Rose Glory Bower

Clerodendrum bungei

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clerodendrum (kler-oh-DEN-drum) (Info)
Species: bungei (BUN-jee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Clerodendrum foetidum
Synonym:Volkameria bungei
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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Athens, Alabama

Daleville, Alabama

Fosters, Alabama

Leeds, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama(2 reports)

Vincent, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona

Payson, Arizona

Albany, California

Hayward, California

Modesto, California

Richmond, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Sebastopol, California

Stockton, California

Westminster, California

Apopka, Florida

Auburndale, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Bronson, Florida

Brooksville, Florida(3 reports)

Deltona, Florida

Floral City, Florida

Fort White, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(5 reports)

Live Oak, Florida

Molino, Florida

Niceville, Florida(2 reports)

Ocala, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida(3 reports)

Yulee, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida(2 reports)

Atlanta, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Tifton, Georgia

Louisville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Colfax, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

French Settlement, Louisiana

Gonzales, Louisiana

Greenwood, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Mandeville, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Plain Dealing, Louisiana

Saint Francisville, Louisiana

Vacherie, Louisiana

West Monroe, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Bishopville, Maryland

Carriere, Mississippi

Cleveland, Mississippi

Lucedale, Mississippi

Maben, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Olive Branch, Mississippi

Waynesboro, Mississippi

Helena, Montana

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Amelia, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Jamestown, Rhode Island

Conway, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Bandera, Texas

Cedar Creek, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Conroe, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Corsicana, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Dickinson, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas

Ennis, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Granbury, Texas

Hallettsville, Texas

Houston, Texas(4 reports)

Leander, Texas

Lewisville, Texas

Lincoln, Texas

Quitman, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

Santa Fe, Texas

Spring, Texas(2 reports)

Willis, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2020, cperry49 from Plano,
United States wrote:

Has anyone planted a Mexican hydrangea in a plastic pot to contain it? Did it keep the runner contained?


On Jan 12, 2018, bevsaunders from Colfax, LA wrote:

I first saw this plant in a friend's yard and it was beautiful! My friend warned me that I didn't want to get it started because it will take over my yard....right, she was!! I regret ever getting it started, though it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds! It's a very invasive plant! I'm quick to tell people don't get it started because it's very hard to get rid of, if one can get rid of it all. I have pulled and pulled and we have mowed and mowed but it comes back bigger and thicker.....beautiful flowers, yes! But it will grow between your decking boards and anywhere else you don't want it. Enjoy the plant from afar but don't plant it in your yard. I will definitely take over! (I live in central Louisiana)


On Jul 14, 2017, theailurophile from Houston, TX wrote:

I found this in an alley behind a business also. Thought the flower was pretty. It took MONTHS to get rid of it. It even came up through the cracks in my porch flower. Not worth it.


On Mar 19, 2014, thebump1966 from Ocala, FL wrote:

Two years ago I found this plant growing behind a local business and since there were smaller plants growing nearby, I decided to pull some up and plant them in my back yard. They grew, and they grew and they GREW. They have just about taken over the entire area at the fence, an area that is about 50' x 10'. And I only started with a few 12" tall stems.
I love the flowers and the fact that butterflies are drawn to them. But, I have to keep on top of them and pull out the ones that grow where I don't want them. My neighbors are also benefiting from my little experiment, so hopefully, if you plant these beauties, you are friendly with your neighbors. They grow very well in shade or sun and bloom very nicely with large beautiful flowers on each plant. This year I've just pulled ... read more


On Jul 28, 2012, Jcmeinster from Conroe, TX wrote:

I'm rating Positive , for the only reason of being a nice flowering plant , easy filler,grower and attracts butterflies. Foliage is nice looking but a bit stinky when rubbed . I just bought two of them ,before I had any information of it , now I know that one was just enough since it'll spread quickly . I'll heed advice and I'll be careful and do my best to contain it . Garden responsibly ! :)


On Dec 31, 2011, SynnsSynn from Lafayette, LA wrote:

Hello, can somebody post pictures of the seeds for this plant or give me the name of a website where I can see them? Thank you.


On Sep 28, 2011, orangecrush from Cleveland, MS wrote:

While I do think this can be an attractive plant, there are some negatives to it. It multiplies like crazy. I'm constantly pulling it up where it is impenging on the growth of other plants. Also, I cannot stand the smell of the foliage if you brush up against it! It came from under our neighbor's fence and it is coming up in my daylillies, cannas, hollyhocks. I fear I am losing some of those plants because of it. I just don't think its attractiveness is worth the damage it is causing to the other plants.


On Aug 20, 2011, Lois1017 from Freeland, WA wrote:

I am interested in this plant but am worried about its invasive tendencies. Does anyone know how deep the spreading roots/suckers go? If it is planted in a raised bed would that confine it? Could I sink a tub into the ground and use that? Anyone have experience with this?


On Mar 20, 2011, australorp from Lafayette, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I thought I had gotten rid of this plant (Clerodendron or Clerodendrum bungei) many years ago, after a determined effort over a couple of years. But clearly the roots were still down there, and eventually it reappeared. It was, and still is, on both sides of the property line, in my yard and a neighbor's. I have pulled up an unending amount of shoots, zapped it with strongest available version of Roundup; still it comes back. I put some in a rescued large-plant tub and like it there (on my concrete driveway). But it, and a related plant, Giant Salvia (Clerodendrum speciosissimum) should be planted in completely root-proof containers (maybe an abandoned swimming pool if you want it to spread a bit!). Take WARNING: Don't plant in ground.


On Aug 13, 2009, Florida9 from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I can't be as kind as others regarding the invasiveness of this plant. Last fall I planted one mail-order 2" pot in my front bed, looking for deer resistant plants. I moved one of the first new shoots to my rear raised bed. In our sandy soil here in west central FL, that plant has become over 30. I have pulled all visible plants getting as much root as I can, but I get about 5 new plants per week. This will be a long ordeal taking consistent effort. It was taking over even among my mexican torch sunflowers. There are so many other good plants to grow here without this effort. Pass on this one.


On Apr 19, 2009, acecae from Daleville, AL wrote:

i have this plant ...grows 6'+ every year plenty of babies, grows in full and partial sun and full shade...i fertilize as recommended but no blooms WHY???


On Dec 1, 2007, LadyBrownThumb from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

We have this plant that self started in our wooded area behind our home. It is taking over literally. VERY invasive.

My goats won't eat it. Wondering if anyone has suggestions to irradicate? Weedeater can't get it as it has woody stems.

The ONLY thing so far that works, is a swing blade. But for several acres, thats hard.

Does anyone know if cows would eat it? If deer won't touch it, and goats don't like it, it sounds like this plant will eventually join up with the Kudzu and wild wisteria back there, and take over the planet!! Help!

Pretty plant, but MUST be contained.

I"m in Jacksonville, Florida btw.


Lisa^^ and the disappearing woods, and goaties...... help, its coming for us... read more


On Jul 27, 2007, Mrs_Mac from Athens, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I recently saw several of these plants in a friends yard. She had brought several of the plants back from Louisiana, and she dug me up a couple. I planted them both - one was very small and one was about 8 inches tall. The little one doesn't appear to have survived, except I can still see a little of the still-green stem - the leaves are gone. The larger plant looks terribly wilted, but is still green. This was almost two weeks ago, so I am encouraged by what has been written by others. This plant is truly beautiful and I am hopeful that it will survive.


On Jul 4, 2007, rjuddharrison from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Seems that there are some similar stories in the comments as my own. I first saw the plant as I was walking my dog through an alley in the neighborhood. I pulled up a small plant and though it struggled at first, it soon recovered and became a unintended show piece in the front garden. When there are several blooming at a time, be prepared for alot of inquiries from just about anyone walking past the garden.

The invasiveness of the plant still amazes me as I find sprouts past concrete barriers into my neighbors driveway. Even so, that means there are lots to share, and strangely enough so many people request them, they're gone just as fast as I pull them up.
Part sun, part shade seems to be ideal. Continuous blooms from April to July and they continue through aut... read more


On May 21, 2007, katladie from French Settlement, LA wrote:

I love this plant for the foliage as much as the flowers. I agree with keeping the new plants dug, it tends to discourage the mother clump from sending out more runners. It's beauty if well worth the trouble, since I only have to to this twice a year.


On Mar 31, 2006, larcatz from Ocoee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Well I just added this hydrangea to my collection, I love the color of the leaves. Hope it does well this summer, it looks like we are going to have another dry one.


On May 11, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I transplanted a few of these plants from a friend's house in Tallahassee to my garden a few years ago. I brought them over bare root for the four hour transit. They were transplanted from Tallahassee's red clay soil to my NE Fla sandy soil. They had no problem surviving the trip nor the change in soil.

I've since had enough suckers from the plants to establish new colonies of the plants in several different locations in my garden. They seem to thrive both in sun and shade. I've noticed that if I am somewhat fastidious about digging up the suckers and transplanting them to new locations (or giving the small plants away), the parent plant seems to eventually stop sending out suckers. So far, this method has worked to control the spread of the plants and I am able to li... read more


On Feb 11, 2005, Eydie from Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I plant three "Starburst" Clerodendrums seedlings in full sun 6 months ago. They are already 8 feet high with lots of beautiful clusters of red/white flowers that have been in bloom for several weeks now. The underside of the leaves are burgundy-colored. Early on, I started "limbing up" the branches so that they grow into trees. I am now letting some of the sprouts grow more bushy. The result is a "sculptured" look - very Japanese.


On Apr 28, 2004, tremax from Delray Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Very invasive. But beautiful in bloom. Very hardy in zone 10


On Apr 27, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
This is a beautiful plant, but spreads rapidly. I keep mine in a large container that does not touch the ground. My neighbor and I independently bought one each about the same time last year. I informed him to not plant it in the ground if he did not want it to take over the area. He planted his in the ground and the number of plants that have come up from runners is incredible. Mine is staying in the container where I am able to cut the runners from the mother plant, pot them and give small plants to friends, relatives and neighbors.

Update: 5/31/2018

I now have had this plant 14 years. I transplanted it into a large tub type container. The container sits in a large, deep plant container saucer so that the container never touches the... read more


On Apr 27, 2004, MizAtlanta wrote:

I first saw these near Natchitoches, La. I got my start a few months ago from my sister's house in Baton Rouge. Transplanted them in cold weather and they are doing fine. They are invasive, send out runners that come up everywhere. Mine are too young to do this, but I've seen them in action. I wanted them because they attract butterflies and will bloom for an extended period of time. I live in Jasper, Texas...about same latitude as Natchitoches so I know about how they SHOULD behave. Looked them up online and found them listed as Kashmir Bouquet also and Clerodendrum foetidum. They are native to China. I know they were brought to England in the late 1800s, but don't know their progression to the U.S. A friend gave me a climbing plant whose leaves look identical to the Cashmere Bouquet. She... read more


On Mar 19, 2004, romandoguinn from Albany, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

My grandparents had this growing in their yard forever. . . when the second of the two passed away, my mom and I dug up suckers (and trust me, they come by the billions) to replant for ourselves before we sold the house. Papa always called it "stinkbush", as the foliage smells like a big ol' multivitamin when brushed against (but I hear it's virtually animal proof--go figure) but the beautiful flowers smell just heavenly. . . I've heard it called 'cashmere bouquet'. I have mine in an old salvaged washtub of Papa's, and my mom has hers in the ground. Dies back in the winter, I actually feared mine was dead. . . comes back in spring. Mom now has 9 new suckers about 5 feet tall each, from a single original transplant, and she's already pulled out about 25 others in the last several months... read more


On Jul 21, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I admired this plant early this spring at a friend's yard and he promptly pulled, or rather ripped, six smaller plants out of the sandy ground and handed them to me. I was astonished, but he said not to worry--"you can't kill this plant." I took my six violated plants home and took all but the top most leaves off and then soaked the roots in a bucket of water for two days until I could get around to planting them. They went into a prepared raised bed with dappled sunlight, already well fertilized, and I mulched heavily with oak leaves. They looked terrible for about two weeks, and I even had to stake them, but I found my friend was right, and with twice daily watering for the first month or so all six plants survived and are now about three feet tall.

I have seen this pl... read more


On Jul 20, 2003, texasplantlady from Dickinson, TX wrote:

Discovered this plant in the woods. Had a lot of trouble at first transplanting, but finally had success. Does best here in shade and spreads like crazy.


On Jul 5, 2003, sandking from Leander, TX wrote:

Deer won't touch them!!!!


On Apr 26, 2003, SILady from Enterprise, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

It's done great here, tends to get away from you. Mine spreads like crazy by underground roots. New ones come up all the time from as far away as 6-8'. I don't do much to it at all. During the hottest days here in Florida the leaves will wilt in full sun. Very easy for me.


On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows quickly. Can be propagated by cuttings. Needs to be watered regularly (daily). Can be grown in zone 8.


On Jul 22, 2002, Chili from Raleigh, NC wrote:

This is a new plant in my garden so I have limited experience. My source donor said it was rampant in his yard, spreading all over. Literature lists foliage as foetid, tho I haven't noticed this. Mine is not doing well in the severe drought we are experiencing (Raleigh, NC July '02). Foliage has a reddish tint and stems are purple.