It is easy to see where Clerodendrum paniculatum gets the common name Pagoda Flower. The flower clusters form towering pyramids of blooms throughout the warm months of the year. The coral-red flowers open from bottom to top over the course of the summer and fall.
Plants grow with one main stem rising straight up out of the ground to a height of 5-6 feet. This species spreads vigorously and quickly forms thickets of vertical stems, each topped by a mass of flowers. Swallowtail butterflies in particular, find this steady supply of blooms to be appealing.
Clerodendrum paniculatum is very drought-tolerant, once established. Due to its spreading nature, this plant is best used in mixed borders, or as a backdrop for shorter plants. A native of southeast Asia, it is recommended for USDA Zones 8-11. In the warmer parts of its range, Pagoda Flower is evergreen. In the colder regions it grows as a perennial, going completely dormant each winter and re-emerging in spring.