Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Vigorous grower to only 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
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
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Vigorous grower to only 5 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleCottage
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 PlantsThis great little beauty belongs with other solid bloomers such as Rainbow Knock Out Rose, (Rosa x 'Radcor'), Little Sprite Russian Sage, (Perovskia atriciplicifolia 'Little Sprite'), Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender, (Lavandula antustifolia 'Thumbelina Leigh') and Blue River II Rose Mallow, (Hibiscus x 'Blue River II").
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. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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.
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.