February 1, 2023
Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle

Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle

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

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

It is an upright tree or shrub. The leaves are simple. Crepe Myrtle tree flowers with long-lasting pink, white or reddish-pink flowers in the summer. The flowers are crinkled and grow in panicles. It flowers from summer to autumn.

Grow Lagerstroemia indica in the full sun. Plant it in moist, rich soil that is well-drained. The bark usually sheds and the flowers are on new growth so they should be pruned in early spring. Lagerstroemia indica does like humid environments. Once it is established it is drought tolerant. It is generally disease-free. It is susceptible to powdery mildew. Also watch out for Mealybugs, red spider mite and whitefly.

Lagerstroemia - Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica – Crape Myrtle

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