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Dissotis rotundifolia, Heterocentron elegans, Trailing Tibouchina, Dwarf Tibouchina, Spanish Shawl

Dissotis rotundifolia, Heterocentron elegans

Trailing Tibouchina, Dwarf Tibouchina, Spanish Shawl
Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: Tropical West Africa
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Dissotis rotundifolia, or Trailing Tibouchina, is an everblooming plant native to tropical West Africa. It's a low-growing groundcover with slender, four-angled, creeping stems that can grow to 2ft in height. The deep green leaves are velvet-textured, and the bright purple or crimson flowers 2 inches wide appear all year round in warm climates. This stunning plant is a great addition to any garden, attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds.

Dissotis rotundifolia can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11, thriving in full sun to semi-shade, and prefers regular to moderate water conditions. In colder climates, it can be grown in pots and brought indoors when temperatures drop too low. Plant care in these cases includes providing maximum sunlight, and keeping the soil moist but not too wet. Fertilizing regularly will also help the plant growth and flowering.

In warmer areas where it can be grown outdoors, Dissotis rotundifolia does well when planted in well-drained soil and receives full sun or partial shade. Watering once a week is enough to keep the soil lightly moist, but not soggy. Pruning should also be done regularly to encourage bushier, fuller growth, and a layer of mulch around the base of the plant helps retain moisture. With proper care and regular pruning, this plant can put on a great show for gardeners, with its pink and blue, lavender and purple flowers.

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