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Princess Flower

Tibouchina candolleana

Family: Melastomataceae
Genus: Tibouchina (tib-OO-kee-nuh) (Info)
Species: candolleana (kan-dol-lee-AY-nuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)


Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter




Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Glendora, California

Novato, California

Bartow, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Kissimmee, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Mc Intosh, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Bonneau, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 25, 2009, fairychild from Naples, FL wrote:

I love this plant especially since my garden is so small, the color makes the walk-way perk up.
I am having a problem with the leaves truning brown (rust colored) and then falling off--to the extent It now only has leaves and flowers at the very tip of the plant.
No new signs of leaves appearing.
I would like some feed-back about what is happening to the plant.
Thank you


On Apr 12, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a shrub or small tree that is pretty common in the central brazilian plateau, mainly because its a very, very atractive plant when blooming.

And when it blooms, it meas it. It gets entirely covered with pink to purple flowers, which makes it visible from long distances in the middle of other plants.

It is a frost tolerating plant, but still needs full sun and high temperatures often. It likes acidic, deep and well drained soils, and constant watering during the summer, fading it away until the winter, when it needs barely no water. The hydric stress will force it to produce flowers in abundance.