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Tropical Garden, Batu Caves, Malaysia
Gardening is part of my life and I want to share that portion of my zeal and joy with you. These are my thoughts, my experiences and life work. I hope it enrich and add value to you too.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Bleeding Heart Vine - Clerodendrum Thomsoniae

After checking my blog, 
I found that I had this plant since August 2009. (4 years plant) 
It is amazing how in just 4 years this plant never fail to reward so many blooms continuously non-stop month after month. 
I also realised that I really never wrote about this plant except for the wonderful blooms.

Most of the details can be checked from Google. 
What I want to add is which is not found generally in the database.


The best I found is from the matured stem cuttings. 
They may stay dormant for weeks, then sprouts may appear from the nodes. Sometimes few of the cuttings may not survive - so it is best to have more cuttings planted than just one. I had planted like 5 vines and only 3 survived, even then only two managed to reach maturity stage. 

Once they start growing - you really don't have to worry as more vines and new plants emerge from the base roots area. 


I often hard prune them once the flowering season is over. 
Normally once the bloom is spend the vine sort of die back. 
I strip off the leaves and twine all the vine together making a braid & tie them together in a bundle.
I find that very neat looking and give a very cool look where the bare area where I strip of  all the matured leaves.


They do so well in shaded or semi-shade areas.
They survive in hot sunny area but they tend to have burned leaves and blooms. I find they are very hardy when it comes to pest. Quite a resistant plant.
The blooms last for weeks and newer blooms sprouts within a month.


They are invasive & will crawl & twine all over, everywhere. 
The vine seemed to sprout more side branches and they tend to knot here & there which may look ugly. 

One vine when through a hanging pot watering hole and came out sprouting with few branches and that one was heavy with blooms. I had only trimmed it off after the flowering season was over. This is one of the reasons why they need pruning time to time. 

The vine are very flexible and you may need to watch out as they do tend to be so elastic that the tendency of it to slap back at your face like a whip can happen.

They do have a running underground rhizomes that new shoots to pop out elsewhere in the garden space. So you may have to watch out for that too.

Once you plant this plant - consider it as a permanent plant in your garden, or else don't plant it because you will have hard time removing it. 
(unless you are considering a major renovation in your garden)


Since this is so rich and invasive. I had not put any fertiliser to it.


The locals calls it Nyonya Makan Sirih. 
I had read few of the herbal remedies about it but haven't dared tried it. 

This is another different type of Bleeding Vine. 
It had been growing very slowly hopefully it can grow faster and link together with the other one giving a good colour combination.


  1. Oh it slapped you? Sorry I laughed at that part... oh I am cruel I know haha... My bleeding heart vine is at my friend's house now. She was looking for a vine to cover here fence so I gave mine to her. It was growing nicely till she went overseas. Anyway, it does grow fast and flowers freely just like you say. btw it is good that we blog about our plants. I also realise that my plants are grown for years now :-) Oh thanks for complimenting my garden being colourful. Yours is as colourful as well James. Have a great week!!

    1. Yeah..
      It slapped me..

      It happened when I was pulling the vine & there was another vine growing from the main stem and so once that got release - this one back-lashed like a whip.

      Thanks - its nice to know another gardener's struggles & joys of gardening experiences and all.
      Have a great week too.

  2. Pls help to enlighten me on the basic differences between a wrightia antidysenterica from a wrightia sp. I have a wrightia which looks like an antidysenterica sans fragrance but the vining woody stems qualifies it for a wrightia sp. The flowers though, place it back into the antidysenterica category. I've done tons of research which left me all the more confused. Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

    1. Sure.
      Wrightia Antidysenterica do not have fragrance.
      If your bloom have fragrance then its not Wrightia Antidysenterica.
      Common names are Snowflake, Artic Snow, Milky Way.
      Some websites mentions that the flower is fragrant but it is wrong. They do not have fragrance.

      Wrightia sp. doesn't specify an exact species.
      Something like you are categorising like: Jasmine sp.
      There are so many types of Jasmines.

      A picture of your flower will actually help to identify specifically what type of Wrightia you have.
      Send me a link of your picture here.

    2. Thank you so much for taking the time to educate me on the wrightia antidysenterica. It is indeed a lovely plant and I love it to bits.

    3. Most welcome.
      Do write you name and where you are from.
      At least - I know who you are
      (Anonymous) - sound like whether if there is just one person or more of you..

  3. Wow! So luscious and blooming so well, James. We've planted this before and never had them flowering so abundantly like yours. Congrats on your success. Didn't know that the hearts turn pink as they aged as seen in your second last shot... look wonderful as the colours complement one another!

    1. Perhaps they may be different genetically.
      Some blooms like crazy.. some just don't.

      I guess - you should get a cutting from a good blooming plant. It might make a difference.
      This plant is from my mum's plant - hers blooms like crazy too..
      They bloom all the time - always..
      too a point that my eyes don't notice them anymore..
      Sort of like a norm for me now.

      And yes,
      there will be a season in time when there are fewer flowers and lots of leaves.
      That's the time to prune them and walla..
      They burst into thousands of blooms.

    2. I'm happy for you, James... hehe a little envious too. ;)
      Anyway, we've tried many types of vines and rarely successful - usually end up straggly and top heavy when potted! Think they grow better in the ground. Moreover, I'm really hopeless at pruning, always procrastinate and end-result looks awful.
      Take care and God bless.

  4. hi

    I want to ask you about this plant, we bought it just recently and the guy told me it was an indoor climbing plant without any other info, so we kept it indoor in a cool room beside a glass door , the red flowers started falling and the the plant started to get yellow, now we removed it to the garden in the shade and it is not showing that much progress
    the weather in my country is dry hot in summer what do you suggest

    1. Hi Sandy,
      This is a tropical shaded plant..
      Falling off leaves indicate that the plant is facing stress..
      Check whether the soil is moist - chances are there are not enough water and bright shaded light.
      They cannot stand direct hot sun but they cannot handle total shade either.
      If your weather is dry hot summer - keep the plant by the door side where light just filtered thru but not directly.
      Hope this helps.


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