• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate grower to 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Summer Flowering
    Blooms:
    Early summer through fall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21, 25 - 31
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 15 to 20 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early summer through fall.
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleCottage
    Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
    Design IdeasThe aptly named 'Peppermint Lace' carries deep-pink flowers edged in white in late summer to early fall, making a lively and bold accent in the landscape. Use it by driveways, walkways and especially below high decks and balconies for a view of the spectacular flower show that appears over the crown.
    Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Astilbe (Astilbe); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Photinia (Photinia); Bluebeard (Caryopteris)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The first crape myrtle from the South Pacific arrived at Kew in 1759, but widespread cultivation began about thirty years later at the hands of Andre Michaux in Charleston, South Carolina about 1786. The first trees were grown at Mount Vernon and Montechello, and from these sources some of the earliest cultivars were derived.
    Lore:
    The earliest crepe myrtle trees were grown by Michaux and sent from his nursery to man of our nation's most important early plantations such as Montechello and Mount Vernon.