Lagerstroemia indica- Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica or commonly known as Crepe Myrtle, Crape Myrtle, Banaba, or Crepe Flower is part of the Lythraceae family of plants and is named after Magnus von Lagerström.

Crepe Myrtle tree flowers with long-lasting pink, white or reddish-pink flowers in the summer. They thrive in full sun. The bark usually sheds and the flowers are on new growth so they should be pruned in early spring. Crepe Myrtles do like humid environments but once they are established they are more drought tolerant. They do well in moist soils but well-drained. They are susceptible to powdery mildew.

Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica – Crape Myrtle at Kew Gardens
Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica – Crepe Myrtle Flower
Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica – Crape Myrtle

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