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A native of Brazil, Tibouchina is a glorious addition to tropical and sub-tropical gardens. Its large purple flowers and soft hairy leaves add interest and a burst of color to any landscape. Though it is usually a shrub, it sometimes becomes large enough to form a small ornamental tree. Common names include princess flower, glory bush, purple glory bush, lasiandra. Princess Flower is 10-20 feet at mature size; can be pruned to be more compact. The shape is round or vase-shaped. The plant likes full sun, though it can tolerate some afternoon shade, especially in the hottest zones. Leaves are 2-6” in length and 1-1.5” wide, covered in soft hair and often tipped with red around the edges. Flowers are 3-5” wide and a deep, vibrant purple. Princess flower can produce blooms year-round.