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The Fireworks Plant- A True “Show-Stopper”

18 January 2012 No Comment

The Fireworks Plant-A True "Show-Stopper"

Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Fireworks Plant which is scientifically known as Clerodendrum quadriloculare. The Fireworks Plant consists of over 450 species of trees or shrubs and is originally from the Phillippines.

How it got its name? The Fireworks Plant got its name due to the blossoms that burst forth in spray of pink tubes ending with a smaller spray of creamy white flowers. Due to this, it is also known as the Starburst. This “show stopper” blooms during the winter months and early summer with its flowers forming balls that are 6 to 10 inches across. Its leaves are quite a display of colors as they are dark green with a purple tint, and are approximately 6 inches. This plant is also popular amongst the butterflies and bees.

The picture shown above was taken between Chaa Creek’s Restaurant and Bar.

This plant is very forgiving when it comes to care. It likes will drained, moist, fertile humus types of soil. But, even in the rocky South Florida soil it does well. Once established, it will survive hot, dry weather with no problem.

Photo was taken by Naturalist Guide:  Allan Chan

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