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Lagerstroemia indica - L.

Common Name Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower
Family Lythraceae
USDA hardiness 7-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open grassy places and on cliffs at low altitudes[11], also on forest edges[147].
Range E. Asia - China, Korea.
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower


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Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower
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Summary

Bloom Color: Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red, White. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Early fall, Late summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Rounded, Spreading or horizontal, Vase.


Physical Characteristics

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Lagerstroemia indica is a deciduous Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Hydrogogue;  Purgative;  Stimulant;  Styptic.


The stem bark is febrifuge, stimulant and styptic[218, 240]. The bark, flowers and leaves are considered to be hydrogogue and a drastic purgative[240]. A paste of the flowers is applied externally to cuts and wounds[272]. The root is astringent, detoxicant and diuretic[147, 218]. A decoction of the flowers is used in the treatment of colds[218].

Other Uses

Wood.

Wood - hard. A useful timber[146].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Pollard, Standard, Specimen, Street tree. Succeeds in most well-drained soils in a sunny sheltered position[184, 200]. Succeeds in a hot dry position. Succeeds in soils low in nutrients[200]. Dislikes very alkaline soils[202]. Dormant plants are hardy to about -10°c if the wood is well ripened[184]. They require very hot and humid summers and preferably the protection of a south facing wall if they are to flower in Britain[182, 260]. Plants are hardy in a very sunny position in southern England but they only flower in consistently warm summers[11]. Plants are much hardier when the wood is thoroughly ripened by the sun[166, 200]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are many named varieties[200]. Flowers are produced in broad panicles on the tips of the current years growth[219]. Any pruning is best carried out in the spring in order to encourage new growth[219]. Young plants grow fairly quickly and will often flower in their first year after planting out[219]. Plants do not transplant well and should be moved with a large rootball[200]. This species is notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features: Not North American native, Blooms are very showy.

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a greenhouse[78]. Another report says to sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Fair to good percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood in the winter in a frame[200]. Root cuttings 4cm long in December. High percentage[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

Lisa Pieri   Wed Mar 12 17:16:19 2003

I have never pruned my crepe myrtle (I have had it since spring of 2001). Can I prune it now? It still has all the "dead" on it. I live in Arkansas and my other trees are beginning to bloom. I was told that since I did not prune it last fall that it was too late. Any info??

stephen ohlarik   Thu Nov 24 2005

i live in the north west part of jersey can i plant crape myrtles here?? please help thanks

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