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Clerodendrum Thomsonia Bleeding Heart Vine White


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4 Inch Plastic Pot Starter Size

One (1) Mature, well rooted starter size, shipped staked in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant approx 10 inches to 12 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shippin

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This lovely unique member of the Verbena family is a very old Southern heirloom favorite. It has graced the shady nooks and corners of both fine landscapes and simple cottages throughout the South for more than 100 years.

There was a time when the Bleeding Heart Vine was very common, but like many wonderful old plants there came a time when it was pushed out of the commercial market place by new and different cultivars, and currently can be somewhat difficult to find in local nurseries and garden centers, although it has been recently 'rediscovered'. 

Once well established Bleeding Heart Vine is a resilient and long living vine, as it can frequently be found today growing lush and wild in old cemeteries, abandoned building lots and homesteads.

Legend has it that the plant sprung up from the tears of a broken hearted maiden (imprisoned in a tower, of course), which, of course, adds to it's desirability and charm.

This variety of bleeding heart is a clerodendrum and should not be confused with dicentras which are also commonly called Bleeding Hearts but are a completely different species. The Bleeding Heart Clerodendrum is a semi tropical and is native to Western Africa. It grows as a a loose, climbing, vine like shrub. The leaves are large and dark shiny black green.

It's best placement is in dappled filtered shade in well draining soil.

In the early summer it bursts forth with boughs unique flowers made up of pure white balloon shaped calyxes from which corollae of bright blood red emerge making a striking unusual contrast, ie. a brilliant blood red heart bleeding from innocent, pure white.

There is also a solid red cultivar called Java Red with a red heart corrolae and a darker maroon colored calyx.

Botanical Name Clerodendrum thomsonia
Common Name Bleeding Heart Vine, Glory Bower or Bag Flower
Plant Family Convolvulaceae
Mature Size 5 ft to 8 ft
Bloom Color White Red or Red and Maroon
Bloom Form Unique to the species
Bloom Time Warm Season
Zone 9,10,11
Fragrance None
Key Features Easy to grow, quick to cover, showy and unusual
Suggested Uses Fences, trellis, arbor, baskets


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11 or it can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely:

  •  Plant in fertile, well draining soil
  • Locate in full sun to light shade
  • Provide supplemental irrigation until very well established
  • Apply a high quality slow release fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly thereafter.
  • Prune after flowering for shape and fullness
  • Provide a trellis or other support
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established


  • Model: CLEO-THO-BHW-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 7 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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