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Dwarf Tibouchina - Princess Flower
Dwarf Tibouchina - Princess Flower

Melastomataceae Tibouchina Lepidota none

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Grows InZone 9A · 20° to 25° F through Zone 10B · 35° to 40° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Insect, Disease, Heat
Flower ColorPurple, Violet
BloomsSummer Blooms, Fall Blooms
Foliage ColorMedium Green
Average Height1' to 2'
Average Width1' to 2', 2' to 3'
AttractsButterflies, Visual Attention
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Noteworthy Characteristics

If you like the color purple, Tibouchina is one plant you'll certainly want to add to your garden. The most significant element of all Tibouchina plants, also known as Princess Flower or Glory Bush, is the strange shape of the stamens on it's soft, purple flowers. Each stamen extends out and then develops a scimitar-like structure that is used as a “landing pad” for insects that collect the pollen on their feet. This dwarf form grows to only 24 to 30 inches tall. Prefers some shade during the hottest part of the day.


A great little shrub for the front of the border. Also does well in containers with good potting mix and the right amount of water. Just keep soil slightly moist, not constantly soggy. Can be overwintered indoors in zones north of where it is hardy.


USDA Zones : 10-11 (9b?)

Plant Type:  Tropical Shrub
Height:  2-2.5'
Width:  2.5'
Sun / Light Needs:   Full to Mostly Sun is preferred for fullest growth and best flowering
Soil Type:  Well-drained, fertile soils. You can water regularly if needed but the plant does not like constantly soggy soil
Water Needs:  Average
Fertilizer Needs: 3 times a year in spring, summer and fall with a granular flower boosting fertilizer
Maintenance:  Low. Occasional trimming for shaping after the bloom cycles is recommended to keep plants full
Flower Color:  Purple
Bloom Season:  Repeatedly during Summer and Fall
Fragrance:  None
Attracts:  Butterflies and pollinating insects
Resistances:  Heat, Humidity
Salt Tolerance:  Slight, but not recommended where there is heavy salt air
Houseplant Usage: Can be overwintered indoors or in greenhouse

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