Tibouchina urvilleana – Princess-flower

Tibouchina urvilleana - Princess-flower, Glorybush, Lasiandra, Princess Flower, Purple Glory Bush, Tibouchina

Tibouchina urvilleana - Princess-flower, Glorybush, Lasiandra, Princess Flower, Purple Glory Bush, Tibouchina

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Tibouchina urvilleana

Common Names: Princess-flower, Glorybush, Lasiandra, Princess Flower, Purple Glory Bush, Tibouchina

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Tree, Shrub

Hawaii Native Status: Introduced. This naturalized ornamental garden plant is native to Brazil.

Flower Color: Royal purple with a dark blue sheen

Height: To 15 feet (4.6 m) tall

Description: The beautiful flowers are 3-5 inches (8-13 cm) across and have 5 broad petals and 5 bright reddish sepals. The leaves have usually 5 parallel lengthwise veins and are green in color, narrowly edged in red, hairy, opposite, and narrowly oval to lance-shaped. Mature plants form large mounds and multiple plants can form dense thickets.

Special Characteristics

Legal StatusHawaii State-listed Noxious Weed. Although Princess-flowers make nice garden plants elsewhere, here in Hawaii, these common and conspicuous plants are major thicket-forming weeds that invade forests and displace native plants.

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Myrtales
Family: Melastomataceae – Melastome family
Genus: Tibouchina Aubl. – glorytree
Species: Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn. – princess-flower

More About This Plant

Hawaii County Distribution Map