Today's bloom is Indian Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum)

Bloom of the Day for March 15th, 2012:

Type of plant: Shrubs, Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Bloom color: Magenta (Pink-Purple), Violet/Lavender, Purple

Cold hardiness: Zone 11

Height: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m), 8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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Kell wrote:
Oh I just love it!

ecrane3 wrote:
Thanks Kell! Unfortunately it's another one like the Tibouchinas that I just can't keep alive :(

Kell wrote:
I have killed all my fancy ones too! More to neglect though.