Lagerstroemia Speciosa, Banaba, Pride of India, Queen Crape Myrtle - Plant
Common name: crape-myrtle, Queen s crape-myrtle
Color: Creamy red
Bloom time: July to September
Height: 5.00 to 20.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care
plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area.
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Temprature: 25-28 deg.C
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
- Every leaf has a growth bud, so removing old flower blossoms encourages the plant to make more flowers instead of using the energy to make seeds.
- Clean away from around the base of the rosebushes any trimmed debris that can harbor disease and insects.
Good as a specimen shrub or in groups. Shrub borders or perennial borders. In the South where above ground winter hardiness is not a problem, plants can also be effectively planted as screens, informal hedges or trained as single trunk trees for use both in the landscape or as a street tree.
- The plant is used for ornamental purpose.
The two main disease problems of crape myrtles are fungal leaf spot and powdery mildew. This cultivar reportedly has good disease resistance. Foliage may yellow (chlorosis) in alkaline soils. Some susceptibility to aphids and scale.
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