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Chinese Glory Bower

Clerodendrum chinense

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clerodendrum (kler-oh-DEN-drum) (Info)
Species: chinense (chi-NEN-see) (Info)
Synonym:Clerodendrum fragrans
Synonym:Clerodendrum philippinum



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From woody stem cuttings

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Smiths, Alabama

Scottsdale, Arizona

Los Angeles, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida (2 reports)

Miami, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Old Town, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Fitzgerald, Georgia

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Covington, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Desoto, Texas

Houston, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 4, 2015, smileclick from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I'm growing mine in a medium sized pot with rich soil in a spot that gets about 4 hours of direct sunlight. It grew fast, but slowed once it started to flower after reaching a height of about 50cm/1.5' high.
It weeps in direct sun, unless well watered. The fragrance to me is like a tropical fruit candy, and wafts several metres/yards, slightly more than my Gardenia augusta 'Lacey Lady' and Chinese Perfume plant, and much more than a moonflower vine. Strongest fragrance in the evening and early morning - likes being watered early morning and again in the afternoon.
The flowers open in succession, so one cluster will give off its sweet fragrance for about a month, and by removing dead flowers, the cluster looks as good as it did in its first flush of flowers. Mind started flo... read more


On Jul 24, 2013, EuniceMary from Lake Helen, FL wrote:

I first noticed this attractive plant by its lovely fragrance. I am not sure where it came from, perhaps a bird or a runner, but this year we have had lots of rain and I have noticed it appearing at the other side of the 20' wide road! Invasive doesn't begin to describe it. Fortunately the small shoots can be pulled up easily after the rain, but if the plants are allowed to grow too large, they put down a very deep and tough root. If you are careful to control the spread it makes a nice large area planting where you don't want to bother with lawn.


On Apr 25, 2008, sunnytx from Ligonier, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love this plant but I do keep it in a large planter. I made sure to place the planter in a saucer. This way the Clero doesn't get a chance to spread. It rapidly filled out the planter so I can imagine how invasive it could be in the ground.


On Oct 6, 2007, rjuddharrison from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I may have a hybrid, or it's just great conditions, but I was unprepared for the height these plants grew too. Averaging 6 feet tall , I had them located in several lighting conditions. These guys are only second to the Bungei in astonishing invasiveness. I am beginning to realize there is no such thing as a small clerodendrum!


On Jul 11, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

This is a beautiful plant with very intense colors and it attracts flocks of butterflies when it is in bloom. Yes, it is invasive here in Zone 8b (northcentral Florida)in that it puts out underground runners and baby plants pop up a few feet from the parent every year, but I don't find it difficult to control as I have planted it between a dog yard fence and a driveway. Nothing survives in the dog yard, and it makes a nice screen for the dogyard fence.


On Dec 16, 2002, theingate wrote:

Beware of this plant! I live in zone 8/9, where it is highly invasive, very difficult to control. I like the way it looks, which is nice, because it's everywhere, and difficult to get rid of. It must be dug unless the ground is very damp, otherwise it just snaps off at the base when you try to pull it. The smell of the leaves, when brushed or bruised, is also a negative. It clings to my dog when she runs through the cashmere bouquet forest in our backyard. I would suggest it only as a potted plant.


On Aug 28, 2002, islander9 from Sullivans Island, SC wrote:

Yes, it's invasive but also beautiful and very easy to grow. Mine is thriving in Zone 8, even in a period of bad drought. From one plant transplanted two years ago, 15 have spread.


On Aug 25, 2002, cecropia from Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very invasive! Also called Glory Bower or Cashmire Bouquet