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Tibouchina urvilleana

 
Tibouchina urvilleana
princess flower
Tibouchina urvilleana
Christmas day 2019 – the foliage has taken on a purplish cast after a few light freezes, but the flowers keep on coming

Common name princess flower
Family melastomataceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-12)
Flowers purple
Light part shade

Purchased a plant just labeled as "Tibouchina sp.", so I'm somewhat guessing at the botanical name – but it seems like a good match with its purple flowers and soft-hairy leaves. Not sure about the growth habit – T. urvilleana is described as vine-like, while our specimen is thus far acting as a conventional upright-growing plant. I set it out in a north-facing border where it gets only morning and late-afternoon sun, with soil that tends to stay moist even during dry spells. I expected it to be frost-tender, so I was surprised to see that it was still looking good after several mild overnight freezes knocked down the top growth of other tender plants in the garden. In fact, it was still blooming nicely on Christmas day, and suffered no damage all winter.

princess flower
Newly planted, early October
Tibouchina urvilleana
I love the soft-silver-hairy new growth
princess flower
Returning from its roots after the Feb 2021 megafreeze

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: foundation border

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