Rotheca myricoides (blue butterfly bush) is native to tropical East Africa and is cultivated as an ornamental throughout the tropics. Rotheca serrata is from tropical Asia and has some medicinal use there. In the 20th century, Rotheca was rarely recognised as separate from Clerodendrum. Rotheca was revived in 1998 as a result of phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequences. It can easily be distinguished from Clerodendrum by a combination of morphological characters.
Rotheca myricoides (also known by its older name Clerodendrum ugadense) is more commonly referred to as the blue butterfly bush. It is called this because of the shape of its flowers. In the early summer, it produces beautiful light blue and lavender flowers that bloom into a shape that resembles a butterfly. It is an evergreen shrub that gets up to 3 metres tall and just as wide. It is native to Kenya and Uganda in East Africa. It enjoys partial shade and requires regular watering.
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dear nick, every week you surprise me with an unknown beauty from the other side of the globe. This tree is one of my favorites! Love the shape and colour. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Groetjes Hetty'ReplyDelete
they look like butterflies...
Happy weekend to you!
Beautiful and whimsical flower! As well as the color. Thank you for hosting!ReplyDelete
The colour is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend/Marika
What a lovely little flower. One I have not seen before. Too cold for it here I suspect.ReplyDelete
Wow! Very interesting, exotic and cool flowers... love the blue color of the blossomReplyDelete
Nick, Wow! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Very pretty! I haven't ever seen that type of butterfly bush before. The Buddleja I posted today is obscured by an actual butterfly. ;DReplyDelete
So nice! I like this color and I've never seen this flower before.ReplyDelete
Have a great weekend, dear Nick!
Greetings from germany ... Frauke
It's always a pleasure to see here the fantastic plants and blooms. This Blue Butterfly Bush never seen before, it's a lovely color and a wonderful blossom.ReplyDelete
Thank you again for hosting!
very beautiful flower both shape and color :)ReplyDelete