Tibouchina urvilleana (Glory flower)
Origin: S. Brazil
Location: Temperate Glasshouse
Tibouchina urvilleana is a sprawling evergreen shrub native to Brazil, growing 3-6m tall and 2-3m wide. Its elliptic, softly hairy leaves have prominent longitudinal veins, and the rich violet-purple flowers have exserted, blackish stamens. Requiring a minimum temperature of 3°C, in temperate areas it is often grown in a conservatory, though in frost-free areas around the world it is a very popular outdoor landscape plant.
The specific epithet urvilleana commemorates the 19th century French explorer and botanist Jules Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842).