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botanical name:
Tibouchina urvilleana
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common name:  Princess Flower, Purple Glory Bush, Brazilian Spider Flower
synonyms:  Tibouchina semidecandra, Tibouchina maudhiana
family:  Melastomataceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 4.50m
width: 4.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: broad headed
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: purple
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Tender evergreen, making a large spreading shrub or small tree. Velvety dark green leaves, sometimes tinged reddish. Large purple flowers with prominent stamens, mostly in summer but then sporadically throughout the year

cultivation:
Well drained, moist, fertile, humus-rich soil in sun or part and a sheltered location. Grows best in sub-tropical locations and is fairly tender. Will survive occasional short periods of frost, although the top growth is killed off, will usually quickly regenerate. A more ideal minimum cool season temperature is about 5ºC. Can be grown in a conservatory in cold areas.

propagation:
From cuttings of young shoots in spring and summer, or from seed.

other notes:
Native to Brasil

pronunced: tib-oo-KEE-nuh er-vill-ee-AY-nuh

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