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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
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

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.

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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