Clerodendrum splendens

Clerodendrum-splendens

Clerodendrum splendens (glory tree, flaming glorybower) is a species of flowering plant in the genus Clerodendrum of the family Lamiaceae, native to tropical Western Africa. It is a twining evergreen climber, growing to 3 metres (9.8 ft) or more, with panicles of brilliant scarlet flowers in summer. With a minimum temperature of 10 °C (50 °F),[2] it requires the protection of glass during the winter months in most temperate regions. Wikipedia

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Spider Flower

spider-flower---grevillea-johnsonii

This spider flower, Grevillea johnsonii, is named after Charles F Greville a founder of the RHS and A S Johnson, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (1972-1985) this beautiful Australian shrub produces its spider-like waxy red to creamy flowers over a long period.

The nectar of the Grevillea flowers was apparently enjoyed by Aborigines, either sucked directly from the plant or added to water to make a sweet drink. (This is not recommended as some common Grevillea contain cyanide)