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Lagerstroemia indica, Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

Crape Myrtle, Crepe Myrtle
Family: Lythraceae
Origin: Australia, Asia, Pacific
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunRegular waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsDeciduous plantFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

Lagerstroemia indica (Crape Myrtle) is a large shrub that can grow up to 5-10 feet tall, or a small tree that can reach between 10-20 feet in height. It is native to Australia, Asia and the Pacific. This deciduous plant is a great choice for gardens as it blooms for a long period of time, from 3-4 month and the profuse flowering begins even when the plant is very small. The flowers come in shades of white, off-white, pink, blue, lavender, purple, red and crimson and have a light but sweet fragrance. They also attract hummingbirds and butterflies, making them an eye-catching addition to any garden.

This shrub prefers full sun and regular watering to really thrive. In USDA Zone 7-10. The plant is also tolerant of seaside and salt conditions, making it suitable to grow even in seaside gardens.

When growing Crape Myrtle in a pot, or in cooler climates, there are a few precautions that one should take. The pot should be well-draining and the soil should contain plenty of organic matter to keep it moist. In addition, the plant should be protected from strong winds and some shade should be provided during the hottest parts of the day.

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