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Lagerstroemia 'Midnight Magic' ('PIILAG-V')

Lagerstroemia 'Midnight Magic' ('PIILAG-V')
crape myrtle
Lagerstroemia 'Midnight Magic' ('PIILAG-V')

Common name crape myrtle
Family lythraceae
Life cycle shrub (Z6-9)
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Purple-maroon-leaved, low-growing variety of crape myrtle, reportedly maintaining its deep foliage coloration even in full sun in the south. Started blooming in mid-July of its first year in our garden, and in late June the following year. I think it looks especially lovely planted between two cannas, whose large fresh-green leaves are a wonderful background for the smaller dark leaves of the crape myrtle. One of our garden's many happy coincidences.

crape myrtle
Showing the location behind the pond, mirroring the dark color of the crinums planted in the bog just in front
Lagerstroemia 'Midnight Magic' ('PIILAG-V')
I've found a few seedlings of our original plant; they all have a purplish coloration, but this one came especially true

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: waterfall pondside, left fence border, front fence border

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