November 18, 2011
This shrub is often called clerodendrum but is known as the red, white and blue shrub; tree-of-good-fortune (kusagi); and hummingbird bush. I found no explanation of the harlequin glorybower name, but red, white and blue comes from the red of the bud and seed case, the white of the bloom, and blue of the fruit.
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Jesus instructed His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"(Matt. 7:7). The wildflower for today required a lot of seeking to identify its name and origin.. One of our