Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Princess Bush - Tibouchina urvilleana


This is one of my goals. To grow these like I did back at Antonelli Brothers Begonia Gardens, by the hundreds. I finally have enough stock plants from cuttings I've done over the years, but this one is not so easy. The leaves are thick and furry and the stems are thick and fleshy. In other words, they tend to rot before they can root. I am determined though, as I do love these! This one here has been blooming most of the winter, even when it was damaged by the freezing temps we had a few weeks ago that even put snow on the hills nearby! You can see the freeze burn damage on the leaves next to those stunning flowers.
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