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Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle 'Velma's Royal Delight'

Lagerstroemia indica

Family: Lythraceae (ly-THRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagerstroemia (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a) (Info)
Species: indica (IN-dih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Velma's Royal Delight
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Jacksonville, Florida

Ocala, Florida

Locust Grove, Georgia

Wichita, Kansas

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Joshua, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 2, 2008, springrunfarm from Coatesville, PA wrote:

Nice purple flowering shrub. During cold winters (below 0 F), it may dieback to the ground, but it recovers quickly and by August it is 3-4' tall and full of blooms. I usually cut it back to 12" anyway to keep it rounded and full.
Southeast PA (zone 6b-7a).


On Aug 16, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

'Velma's Royal Delight' is slightly hardier than many other CM's, however it is still susceptible to winter damage to the top growth. In which case, it should be treated more like an herbaceous perennial in areas with typical zone 5 winters. Providing good drainage and planting in a protected spot may minimize winter damage and allow the plant to be grown as a deciduous shrub in zones 5 and 6, but also bear in mind even with protection, it will likely remain smaller than when grown in warmer zones.

Crape Myrtlers are among the latest plants to leaf out in the spring, so patience is required to avoid unnecessary pruning.


On Aug 15, 2003, blackbud from milo, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

I understand that this variety was developed as a 'hardy' crepe myrtle.