Strongylodon macrobotrys


Strongylodon macrobotrys

Strongylodon macrobotrys

This Asian vine is commonly known as Turquoise Jade or Blue Jade Vine. It is a vigorous grower (30 to 40 feet) which has iridescent turquoise blue-green flowers. The Botanic Gardens has planted it on a chain link fence along the main walkway/road leading from the northern gate to the southern portion of the gardens. I have not seen it planted around the city much but this will change. The gardens nursery sells them for 25,000 pesos (+/- US $12.50).


I planted out the Strongylon we bought on the chain link fence.

Clerodendron thomsoniae ‘Delectum’

This Bleeding Heart vine does very well here in the Medellin area. The corollas are bright red and calyx varies from magenta to pink as the flowers age.

We have three of them planted on the back patio and they bloom year around. Hummingbirds visit them frequently. They grow well and will flower in at least some shade but flower best in full sun.



  1. islaverde said,

    August 19, 2009 at 21:27

    Do consider getting a brilliant red to complement the green!

    • pbunch said,

      August 20, 2009 at 11:04

      I like that Mucuna. I’ll check around and see if it can be bought in Colombia. I have not seen one here.

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