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donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2011
10:29 AM

Post #8487737

Just got back from a local nursery with 2 Princess Flower shrubs (Tibouchina Urvilleana). Tag indicated they were cold hardy to zone 8. Just called the grower, Parson's nursery in Georgetown, and I was told they should return with heavy mulch protection next winter - we'll see...
yotedog
Raleigh, NC

April 11, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8488141

You'll love this plant! I've one for a number of years, though I have to bring mine in here in Raleigh. Fell in love with it a long time ago when I lived in Puerto Rico, where it is common. Nice to see it being propagated now.
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8488377

Even though it's small, it's still a beautiful plant. The foliage is very attractive - can hardly wait to see it bloom. If it survives next winter with heavy mulch, it might be viable in Raleigh, too. I'll let you know if it returns next spring, yote.
yotedog
Raleigh, NC

April 14, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8495914

Plant Delights Nursery was selling a variety with variegated leaves for awhile--great combination with the beautiful flowers, FYI.
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 16, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8500418

Yo Yote, On the DG plantfile page there's a report that with mulch, the princess flower survived winters in Durham. The variegated variety is especially gorgeous. Maybe next year I'll give it a try if my non variegated makes it through next winter.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

April 17, 2011
5:14 AM

Post #8501311

Oh, great. Now I'm craving tibouchinas. They were one of my favorites in FL, but I never thought of having them here. Sigh.
Now it's a must have...*G*
ardesia
Saint Helena Island, SC
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8501320

I had a T. grandifolia for years but it bit the dust this past wicked winter.
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8501758

If yours died, ardesia, I'd better do the deluxe mulch job - dirt/plastic/pinestraw. I'm still waiting for my protected heliconia to show signs of growth. Apparently the ground is still a bit too cold.
StonoRiver
Johns Island, SC

April 17, 2011
6:33 PM

Post #8502876

Don't give up, Donnacreation! ALL my "historically reliable" tropicals have been slow to come back this year, but they're mostly showing growth now. Cestrum Nocturnum, Aloysia Virgata, multiple Zingibers, Hypericums, Clerodendrum Ugadense...they're all showing signs of growth now, but a good 2-3 weeks behind where they'd normally be in mid April.
donnacreation
Sumter, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2011
3:49 AM

Post #8503437

Temps in the 40's again this morning. Not good for tropical growth, but perfect for heavy yardwork :-)

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