Pagoda flower –
Clerodendrum paniculatum , Pagoda flower or Pangil –Pangil in Malay or Krishnakireeta in Sanskrit is a visually striking shrub with huge attractive bunch of orange to red/reddish orange flowers above large evergreen leaves.
Clerodendrum paniculatum originated in Asia and it is popular both as an ornamental plant and as medicinal plant. This plant was first described b y Swedish Botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1767 who was also known as Father of modern biological nomenclature.
Pagoda flower shrub sometimes has multiple stems and can grow up to 5 feet tall with around 3 feet across and leaves which are heart shaped and glossy can be as large as 1 foot across. Flowers in clusters make a Pyramid shape (like Japanese Pagoda) and each flower is like long tubes with funnel shape.
Pagoda flower is a fast growing shrub and it does excellent in rich, moist soil. Water them regularly and see to it the top layer of the soil is wet. The showy display of reddish orange flowers lasts throughout the year. When leaves drop you can mulch them and this act as good manure for them.
Pagoda Plants are grown in mixed plantations or as a specimen plant along a wall. You can find more varieties in this.
The whole plant is known to have anti inflammatory property, heal wounds, helps in skin diseases and also as a purgative.
Pagoda flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies.
Propagation from stem cuttings.