Wonderful, Jim!! It is always such a thrill to finally have a plant bloom
after years of hoping. I had the regular more common Princess Flower for
years that would flower religiously. It then died while we were gone, and had
no rain. I saw one, forgot the species, with much larger foliage, almost
dinner plate size.....have had it now for at least three years....but it has YET
to bloom, unfortunately.
This past weekend, at a friend's house, Jerry's Jungle, I saw a Tibouchina
that was very intriguing. I had never seen or heard of it before. He didn't
recall the species name, and I haven't had time to look it up.
It was unlike any of the others I had seen. Was more of a trailing or low
shrub, much smaller foliage, and highly variegated. Quite interesting. I was
told the blooms are similar to a "regular" Tib. He had just gotten it this
spring. Have you seen or heard of this species??
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 7/13/2007 11:02:46 AM Central Daylight Time,
Our Tibouchina [granulosa or urvilleana, I don't know which] is getting
set to bloom for the first time at the plantation. We've had it for
about 3 years. It had two flowers on it when we bought it at a plant
fair, but it left the fair in the back of the pickup and was flowerless
by the time we got home.
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