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Common name: crape myrtle
Bloom time: July to September
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
Dig Hole: Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball on the crape myrtle. Soil amendments: It’s usually not necessary to amend the soil when planting crape myrtles, unless you’re amending the entire planting bed, since pockets of high-nutrient soil can prevent the roots from branching out properly.
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Climate: Crape myrtles can be grown in hardiness zones 6-10, although in zone 6 they’re likely to die back to the ground in winter.
- Water: Crape myrtles like humid climates.
- Once established, they can tolerate quite a bit of drought.
- Light: Crape myrtles flower best in full sun (at least six hours per day).
- Soil: Crape myrtles do well in most any kind of soil, as long as it’s well-drained.
- The ideal soil pH is neutral to slightly acidic.
Good dwarf plants for foundations and other small areas of the landscape. May be used as a specimen shrub or in groups or mass planting. Also effective in shrub borders or perennial borders. Where winter hardy, it may also be grown as a small hedge. Containers.
- Bark, leaves and flowers are considered hydragogue and drastic purgative.
- Bark is also considered stimulant and febrifuge.
- Roots are astringent and used as gargle.
- Seeds have narcotic properties.
- In Manipur, flowers and leaves are used as purgatives.
- Bark is stimulant and febrifuge (fever removing) Roots are astringent and used as gargle.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
This cultivar has excellent resistance to leaf mildew. Foliage may yellow (chlorosis) in alkaline soils.
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