Scientific name - Tibouchina urvilleana
Popular names - princess flower, lasiandra.
Distribution and Habitat - native to Brazil.
Description - shrub, to 4 m high. Leaves simple, opposite, ovate, prominent ribs, pubescent, 5-20 cm long. Flowers clustered in terminal panicule. Dialipetala corolla, petals obovate, pink to purple, 3-6 cm long. 10 anthers purple
Tolerance - do not tolerate alkaline soils. Minimum temperatures are 5-8 degrees Celsius tolerated.
Requirements - well drained substrate, fertile, acid, shows sunny
Management - needs fertilizer after flowering period.
Propagation - by cuttings and seeds.
Curiosity - the kind Tibouchina belong to 350 species of shrubs and undergrowth of America Tropicato, most of them being found across the globe species grown as ornamentals.
Urvilleana Tibouchina species is dedicated naval officer Jules d'Urville French.
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