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Clerodendron Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart is a spreading vine-like plant with evergreen foliage. It can climb on a support, spill freely from a hanging basket or be left to trail along on its own. It can also be pruned up to display as a thick shrub.  The highlight of the plant is its showy bicolored white and red flower. The white part of the flowers can last for months, but the bright red “blood drop” fades quicker.  Needs bright sun for the most vibrant blooms, but performs best with protection from intensely hot afternoon sun.  This plant blooms on new growth, so it is best to cut the plant back after current blooms have faded.  Although it is root hardy to Zone 9, it really is a tropical plant and does need protection from freezing temperatures.