Melastoma malabathricum, Melastoma polyanthum, Melastoma sanguineum, Pink Tibouchina, Straits Rhododendron, Chinese Wild Peony, Indian rhododendron, Lasiandra, Pink Glory Bush

Melastoma malabathricum, Melastoma polyanthum, Melastoma sanguineum

Pink Tibouchina, Straits Rhododendron, Chinese Wild Peony, Indian rhododendron, Lasiandra, Pink Glory Bush
Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: Tropical Asia
USDA Zone: 11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersEthnomedical plant.
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This small to large shrub is native to the tropical climates of Asia and can reach heights of 5-10 feet tall (2-5 feet for smaller shrubs). The plant flourishes in semi shade and prefers a moderate water supply, making it a great choice for gardeners with busy schedules. Its delicate beauty is visually stunning in summer and autumn months with the large clusters of pink flowers, while some cultivars also offer white and off-white flowers. Its ethnomedical qualities are used to treat poisoning and stop bleeding, making it an important addition to any medicinal garden.

When grown in the right environment, this plant is cold hardy and can survive temperatures as low as 30°F for a short time. For regions with cold winter months, it is best to grow Melastoma melabathricum in a pot instead of the ground. Providing proper protection from the elements is essential for protecting the shrub from potential damage. Covering the pot with an insulating material, like blankets or burlap, and keep it away from extreme temperature changes is a great way to ensure its longevity.

This plant is an excellent choice for any gardener that wants a showy bush with a wealth of ethnomedical properties. The beautiful pink flowers, the easy-to-follow upkeep, and the cold hardiness under the right conditions make Melastoma melabathricum a great addition to any garden.

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