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Macro image of a Tibouchina urvilleana flower, in the Tropical Greenhouse at Walmer Castle Gardens

Macro image of a  Tibouchina urvilleana flower, in the Tropical Greenhouse at Walmer Castle  Gardens Stock Photo
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Contributor:

John Gaffen / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

2CJNAJ3

File size:

57.2 MB (1.1 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

5338 x 3744 px | 45.2 x 31.7 cm | 17.8 x 12.5 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

30 August 2020

Location:

Walmer Castle and Gardens, Walmer, Kent

More information:

Tibouchina urvilleana is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to Brazil. Growing to 3–6 m (10–20 ft) tall by 2–3 m (7–10 ft) wide, it is a sprawling evergreen shrub with longitudinally veined, dark green hairy leaves. Clusters of brilliant purple flowers up to 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, with black stamens, are borne throughout summer and autumn. With a minimum temperature of 3 °C (37 °F), it requires some winter protection, and in temperate areas is often grown in a conservatory. However, it can also be grown outside in a sunny, sheltered spot. Plants are best grown in acidic and well-drained soils and spread by suckers. It can be trained as a vine and grown on a trellis.

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