Coastal Lollybush

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Clerodendrum inerme

Family : Lamiaceae

The Coastal Lollybush is a scrambling shrub growing up to 3 metres, often forming thickets. It has smooth, oval shaped leaves with pointed tips. These are light green and can grow to 10 cm in length.

The white, tubular flowers are similar to the Lollybush, but with purple stamens. The fruit is a globular capsule, deep purple when ripe, surrounded by a distinctive cup shape at the base.

This hardy shrub tolerates saline conditions and sea spray. It can be found from coastal fore dunes to mangrove edges and coastal thickets. Both Lollybushes thrive in full sun and sandy soils and are attractive to many varieties of insects, birds and butterflies. An excellent shrub for gardens that need protection from coastal elements. It will form a thicket or hedge in good conditions and provide protection for wildlife.

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Quick Facts

Flowers February to September
Fruit April to July
Coastal Zone Fore Dune - Hind Dune, Mangroves
Fauna Habitat Birds, Insects and Butterflies
Growth Habit Vine
Typical Height <4m
Soils Most Soils
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Moderately Wet Areas and Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Moderately Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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