• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous grower to only 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Vibrant Summer Flowers
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:la-ger-STRE-mee-a IN-di-ka
    Plant type:Shrub, Tree
    Sunset climate zones:7 - 10, 12 - 14, 18 - 21
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous grower to only 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasA great specimen shrub that bursts into lilac-orchid flower in late summer. Use it to cool a garden sitting room, as a focal point in the landscape, and in front of dark evergreens.
    Companion PlantsCalifornia Lilac (Ceanothus); Mexican Heather (Cuphea); Lilyturf (Liriope); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in average, clay to loamy soils with good drainage. Water deeply at regular intervals during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune only to remove damaged wood in late winter or early spring.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    This crape myrtle was developed by Monrovia and introduced in 1962. Its parent is a tree native to the Pacific Rim from China to the South Pacific. Michaux was the first to grow them in America at his nursery in South Carolina about 1786. Trees eventually became a staple of the deep South where many new cultivars were proven for disease resistance.
    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.