This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"R. D. G.," Reading, Pa., writes : " Please tell the name, in the Gardener's Monthly, of this plant which comes up in a neighbor's garden profusely, and the seed of which, she thinks, a bird must have dropped".
[Clerodendron Bungei, a native of the North of China, and introduced into American gardens, in 1857, from Belgium by the writer of this. The stems are destroyed by frost in this part of the United States but the creeping roots survive, except in very severe winters, and the young shoots usually terminate by a large head of rosy purple flowers, which is very showy. It makes an admirable tub plant, as, when protected from frost, the plant in a few years makes a bush several feet high, and bears innumerable heads of flowers. It is remarkable that while the flowers are delightfully sweet-scented, the leaves, when rubbed, are malodorous; and this suggested to Bunge the name of C. foetidus, which, however, had been appropriated already by another rank-smelling species.
Your friend's plant was probably introduced by a piece of root brought, with some other plant in the past, from some other garden. - Ed. G. M].