Tibouchina lepidota , Dwarf Princess Flower, Glory Bush, Mayo

Tibouchina lepidota

Dwarf Princess Flower, Glory Bush, Mayo
Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: Colombia
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeShadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersPink flowers

Tibouchina lepidota is a large shrub, growing up to 5-10 feet tall with thick evergreen leaves and dark stems. The leaves are velvet-textured and their undersides are coated in white down. Beautiful clusters of pink, blue, lavender and purple flowers appear in late summer and persist from fall to early spring. Tibouchina lepidota is a plant native to Colombia and is perfect for growing in USDA Zone 9-11 gardens.

Tibouchina lepidota needs regular amounts of water and prefers to be in full sun or part shade. However, during its peak flowering time, the plant likes to be protected from the hottest part of the day in semi-shade. It needs to be given moderate amounts of water in order to ensure a steady bloom.

Tibouchina lepidota is cold hardy once it is mature. Given proper shelter, it can withstand temperatures as low as the 30s F for a short period of time. When growing it in a pot, make sure to provide extra frost protection during cold winter nights. If possible, place it in a part of the garden that is sheltered from cold winds. Also, mulch around the base of the plant to help keep the soil moist.

Tibouchina lepidota is well worth the effort for its beautiful display of long-lasting purple blooms. With the proper care and conditions, it will provide a spectacular show year round.

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Tibouchina lepidota - Ecuador Princess, Jules Dwarf

Princess flower - beautiful purple blooms and velvet leaves. This is a dwarf compact variety that gets very bushy and flowers profusely in full sun or filtered light.

Recommended Fertilizer: SUNSHINE Megaflor - Bloom Nutrition Booster

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