Clerodendrum glabrum – Plant


Indigenous to South Africa, organically grown, and locally sourced from ethical growers committed to sustainable, Nature-friendly cultivation.

Common names: tinderwood (English).

Botanical name: Clerodendrum glabrum

Potted into 100% recycled plastic nursery pot or bag.

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Care Summary

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Plant Summary

Tinderwood, Clerodendrum glabrum, is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with smelly leaves and scented flowers. It attracts many insects, especially butterflies, and is a host plant for the Natal Bar butterfly. It has various traditional uses, such as repelling bees, ticks, polecats and hyenas, treating snakebites, coughs, colds, wounds and diarrhoea, and counteracting witchcraft. The wood was also used to start fire, hence the common name. Tinderwood grows well in full sun or semi-shade and can be propagated by seeds or cuttings. It is one of the rain trees in South Africa, producing ‘rain’ from the excretions of frog-hoppers.


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