Clappertonia ficifolia, Honckenya ficifolia, Bolo Bolo

Clappertonia ficifolia, Honckenya ficifolia

Bolo Bolo
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Grewioideae
Origin: Tropical Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Clappertonia ficifolia (Bolo Bolo) is a large shrub native to tropical Africa. It usually grows to 5-10 feet tall and is characterized by vibrant pink flowers and white, off-white blooms. These attract butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a great addition to any garden of landscape. This hardy yet delicate shrub should be grown in USDA Zone 9-11 and needs full sun to thrive.

Clappertonia ficifolia is low maintenance, requiring regular water every day. It blooms freely throughout the year, although its foliage may fade, the flowers remain bright and vibrant. It is not cold hardy, so for colder regions it is best grown in containers, allowing for easy indoor storage before the first frost arrives.

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