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Clerodendrum cyrtophyllum is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
E. Asia - Southern and western China.
Shrub thickets on mountain slopes[
]. Forests on mountain slopes or along streams, below 1700 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of this country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in a sunny position in ordinary garden soil[
] but prefers a fertile humus-rich well-drained soil[
]. The soil must not be allowed to dry out in the growing season[
]. Requires a position sheltered from cold drying winds[
Plants can be cut to the ground in severe winters but they usually resprout from the base, especially if they have been well mulched, they will then flower in late summer[
Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[
Leaves - cooked[
The leaves and roots are antipyretic, depurative, diuretic[
]. They have an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Bacillus dysenteriae, Meningococcus and spirochaetes[
Seed - best sown as soon as possible in a greenhouse. Germination can be erratic but usually takes place within 20 - 60 days at 20°c[
]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts.
Root cuttings, 6 - 8cm long, December in a greenhouse. High percentage[
Division of suckers in the dormant season. Very easy, they can be planted out direct into their permanent positions if required.