Pride Of The Transvaal
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.
Generally not harvested.
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.
Propagate by softwood and woody stem-cuttings or root-cuttings.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers also attract bees and butterflies and this in turn attracts many insect-eating birds.
Sub-tropical and Tropical
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Sand, Loam, Compost
Soil PH preference
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
The wood is of good quality, considered to be one of the best timber trees in Myanmar and Assam, and is often traded.
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).
Pink, Purple, White
Generally problem free.
Under plant with sub-tropical shrubs.