Tibouchina urvilleana Melastometaceae
Princess Flowers, Glory Bush, Lasiandra ti-boo-CHEE-na ur-vil-ee-AH-na
- Evergreen shrub, to 15 ft (4.5 m) tall, somewhat over half as wide, rounded form, new growth reddish. Leaves opposite, simple, elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, 4-12 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, 5-7 main veins, apex pointed (acute to acuminate), base rounded, green above, sometimes edged in red,slightly hairy below. Flowers 7.5 cm wide, royal purple, 5-petaled, long purple stamens, solitary or small terminal clusters; blooms over a long period. Fruit is a 5 valved, 12 mm wide capsule with a persistent calyx tube.
- Sun part shade. Best in light, moist soil with added organic matter. In cooler regions an attractive pot plant if protected in winter.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 9 Native to southern Brazil.
- Sometimes called a "beautiful weed" in Hawaii where it has naturalized (on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii), it is on the state's noxious weed list, forms thickets in moist areas.