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Tibouchina heteromalla (Silver Leafed Princess Flower)

Silver Leafed Princess Flower, Glory Bush, Brazilian Spider Flower, Melastoma heteromallum, Pleroma heteromalla, Lasiandra heteromalla


Tibouchina heteromalla (Silver Leafed Princess Flower) is an upright, tropical, evergreen shrub boasting velvety silver-green, broad ovate-cordate leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), with silver undersides. The old leaves usually turn a warm orange color just prior to dropping off. Blooming in summer and fall (depending on geographic location), ravishing rich violet-purple flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm), appear on long spikes. Each flower spike can reach 18 in. in height (45 cm) and be adorned with many blooms. It is a very ornamental species thanks to the big leaves with a silky surface and to the showy flowering which lasts several months.

  • Grows up to 4-10 ft. tall (12-300 cm) and 4-8 ft. wide (120-240 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Prefers some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Watering must be regular in summer, but allowing the upper layers of the soil to dry up before giving water again. Watering must be reduced in winter.
  • Can be grown outdoors in frost-free area. In colder areas, this plant should be grown in containers and brought indoors for overwintering before the first fall frost.
  • Perfect for Mediterranean gardens, city gardens, wall-side borders and containers.
  • Remove flowers after they fade, to encourage the shrub to continue blooming
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for spider mites on indoor plants.
  • Native to southern Brazil.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Tibouchina
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 11
Climate Zones 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Tibouchina
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' – 10' (120cm – 3m)
Spread 4' – 8' (120cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Mediterranean Garden

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