Tibouchina

Common Name – Tibouchina (Princess flower)

Plant Identification

Genus: Tibouchina
Family: Melastomataceae
Species:
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Variety:
Note: Tibouchina urvilleana is a fast growing, evergreen shrub that forms majestic mounds of handsome foliage that is covered during the warm months with big beautiful bluish purple flowers. Tibouchina urvilleana is native to Brazil. Princess flower is a very popular landscape plant in frost free areas around the world.

Plant Images

Tibouchina

Tibouchina

Tibouchina urvilleana

Tibouchina urvilleana

Tibouchina urvilleana

Tibouchina urvilleana

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: large purple flowers
Colour: purple
Flowering time: Late summer through Autumn but can flower all year round.
Flower size: large, 3 – 5″ wide
Fragrance:
Height: 10-20 feet at mature size; can be pruned to be more compact
Width: Compact round bush
Foliage description: Leaves are 2-6” in length and 1-1.5” wide, covered in soft hair.
Foliage colour: green sometimes tipped with red around the edges

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Full sun to part sun.
Watering: Likes moisture but not soggy conditions, and survive short periods of drought.
Temperature:
Soil requirements: Prefers rich fertile soil but it is able to adapt to other soils if mulched, fed and periodically watered.
Fertilisation: Fertilize after each bloom cycle for optimum flowering.
Pruning: Prune after flowering to control growth.

Other Information

Insects: Seldom bothered by pests.
Diseases: Relatively disease free. Root rot can occur if it is over-watered.
Propogation: Propogation is from softwood cuttings and division of clumps.
Other notes:

I have this plant in my garden planted up against the Willow Tree. Purchased in April 2011 from Jim Holmes.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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