Clerodendrum ugandense, also called Rotheca myricoides, and commonly known as Blue Butterfly Bush, is a wonderful plant to have at home. It’s not a fussy, high requirement plant, and it’s very rewarding to have.
This shrub is often known colloquially as the butterfly bush, because of the shape of its flowers, which really do resemble beautiful blue butterflies. The Clerodendrum genus belongs to the broader Lamiaceae family of plants. Clerodendrum ugandense is a warm-climate plant which hails from tropical East Africa. It grows to about 2-3m tall and flowers in late summer and autumn. The charming flowers are not large so it is best to appreciate them at close quarters: they have several tones of blue on the 'wings' and the stamens look like the antennae of butterflies.