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Tibouchina Lepidota Purple Glory Bush Ecuador Princess


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Tibouchina lepidota als, or Ecuador Princess particular was developed in Australia in the 1960's by the Dunstan family.  In is named for the town in which it was first grown, where an annual festival in its honor is still celebrated.

This plant matures to be a medium size shrub or small tree.  It is covered with single five petaled flowers in vibrant royal purple in the spring and fall.  The rich, jewel color and small manageable size make a very nice and versatile plant in tropical landscapes.  It is easy to care for and is quick to establish.  This variety makes nice potted plants for seasonal color in colder climates.  It can be wintered over indoors successfully, but requires full spectrum lighting.  Lepidota als is one of more popular and well known of the more than 450 types of Tibouchina.

Ecuador Princess prefers well drained, slightly acidic soil, but will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions.  Many of the tibouchina species have become naturalized in Australia and Hawaii, and grow quite well untended and neglected.  This particular cultivar has been very popular in south Florida in recent years because its bright color in the fall and spring works well in landscapes that are needed to be in full color during Florida's tourist season, as the bush burst out in showy color at just the right time.

Botanical Name Tibouchina lepidota als
Common Name Glory Bush, Ecuador Princess
Plant Family Melastomataceae
Mature Size Average 15'
Bloom Color Bright Purple
Bloom Form Pinwheel, 5 Petaled, Clusters
Bloom Time Late spring to fall
Water Needs Moderate until well established
Light Needs Full sun to very light shade
Fragrance No
Key Features Fast growth, showy bloom
Suggested Uses Specimen, potted, accent, urban

Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in well draining slightly acidic soil.
  • Locate in the full sun to very lightly dappled shade
  • Provide supplemental irrigation until very well established
  • Protect from frost and freeze until very well established
  • Feed a good quality slow release bloom boosting plant food twice yearly
  • Prune frequently and lightly when young for best shape and density
  • Protect from frost and freeze

  • Model: TIB-LEP-EP
  • Shipping Weight: 2lbs
  • 9 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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