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LAGERSTROEMIA indica (PETITE™ ORCHID)

Image of Lagerstroemia indica 'Monhid' (PETITE™ ORCHID, PETITE™ SERIES)

Family

Lythraceae

Botanical Name

LAGERSTROEMIA indica 'Monhid'( PETITE™ ORCHID, PETITE™ SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Crapemyrtle

General Description

The Petite Series is a collection of dwarf crapemyrtles, all maturing at about chest height. This one, Petite Orchid or 'Monhid,' produces rosy-lavender flowers in clusters on branch tips. It is a heat-loving deciduous shrub that flowers in mid to late summer, often lingering into autumn. Fall foliage on 'Monhid' is orange-red.

Like most crapemyrtles, 'Monhid' tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils and grows best in hot sunny locations. Powdery mildew (a leaf disease) may be a problem and can be diminished with good air flow around shrubs, so give this plant room. Petite Orchid is a useful, low-maintenance addition to the mixed border or foundation planting, providing a show of color when other plants have the summer blah's.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 6

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Rose, Lavender

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow, Gold

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Gray, Slate Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color, Spotted/Mottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No