Macro image of a Tibouchina urvilleana flower, in the Tropical Greenhouse at Walmer Castle Gardens
Contributor:John Gaffen / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:4688 x 3639 px | 39.7 x 30.8 cm | 15.6 x 12.1 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:30 August 2020
Location:Walmer Castle and Gardens, Walmer, Kent
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.