Pride Of The Transvaal

Lagerstroemia speciosa

Pride Of India, Queen's Crape-Myrtle, Queen's-Flower

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Lagerstroemia speciosa (Pride of India) is a species of Lagerstroemia native to tropical southern Asia. It is a small to medium-sized flowering tree, grown for its attractive flowerheads in late summer and the beautiful bark on the bare tree in winter.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Easily propagated by seeds. Seeds stored in airtight containers with no temperature-control remain viable for 2 years, should be sown in shade, with germination occurring in 15-56 days.

Cuttings

Propagate by softwood and woody stem-cuttings or root-cuttings.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

The flowers also attract bees and butterflies and this in turn attracts many insect-eating birds.

Special features

Origin

Asia

Natural climate

Sub-tropical and Tropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand, Loam, Compost

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Landscaping

One of the most strikingly showy of flowering trees, and a good shade tree, it is commonly cultivated in gardens or along the sides of roads for its brightly coloured mauve or pink flowers with crinkled petals

Timber

The wood is of good quality, considered to be one of the best timber trees in Myanmar and Assam, and is often traded.

Medicinal

Bark used to treat diarrhea and abdominal pain in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Leaves and dried fruits traditionally made into herbal tea (known as Banaba Tea in Philippines, after tree's Tagalog name) to treat high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney ailments (eg. dissolving kidney stones).

Personality

Family

Lythraceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

Companion plants

Under plant with sub-tropical shrubs.
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