• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy Flowering Shrub
    Prolifically in spring and fall; sporadically, year-round.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:brun-FELZ-ee-a mag-NIF-i-ka
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:12 - 17, 20 - 28
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 4 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Prolifically in spring and fall; sporadically, year-round.
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis unique shrub bears flowers in white, lavender and purple hues simultaneously. It is a rare source of blue tones among tropical plants and is a reliable performer in all but the hottest climates. Grow as a foundation planting where it can be seen from indoors. Make it a central feature of a filtered shade garden. Use next to doorways or at gates to appreciate it up close. Grows rather well under the canopies of large conifers.
    Companion PlantsPrincess Flower (Tibouchina); Fern (Asplenium); Lilyturf (Liriope); Bush Lily (Clivia); Elephant Ear (Colocasia); Star Jasmine (Tracheospermum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic soil with mulch to conserve moisture. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun exposure. Water deeply, regularly during during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer in early spring. For a formal appearance, prune annually after flowering.Pruning time: summer after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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