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Lagerstroemia indica - L.                
                 
Common Name Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower
Family Lythraceae
Synonyms
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.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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 Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : 7-9


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.

Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower


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Lagerstroemia indica Crepe Myrtle, Crepeflower
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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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Author                                         
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Botanical References                                         
11200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[11]Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
[78]Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers.
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
[146]Gamble. J. S. A Manual of Indian Timbers.
Written last century, but still a classic, giving a lot of information on the uses and habitats of Indian trees. Not for the casual reader.
[147]? A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
[166]Taylor. J. The Milder Garden.
A good book on plants that you didn't know could be grown outdoors in Britain.
[182]Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos.
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
[184]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs.
Excellent photographs and a terse description of 1900 species and cultivars.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[202]Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs.
Contains information on 2,000 species and cultivars, giving details of cultivation requirements. The text is terse but informative.
[218]Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China
Details of over 1,200 medicinal plants of China and brief details of their uses. Often includes an analysis, or at least a list of constituents. Heavy going if you are not into the subject.
[219]Grey-Wilson. C. & Matthews. V. Gardening on Walls
A nice little book about plants for growing against walls and a small section on plants that can grow in walls.
[240]Chopra. R. N., Nayar. S. L. and Chopra. I. C. Glossary of Indian Medicinal Plants (Including the Supplement).
Very terse details of medicinal uses of plants with a wide range of references and details of research into the plants chemistry. Not for the casual reader.
[260]Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Conservatory and Indoor Plants Volumes 1 & 2
Excellent photos of over 1,100 species and cultivars with habits and cultivation details plus a few plant uses. Many species are too tender for outdoors in Britain though there are many that can be grown outside.
[272]Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.

Readers comment                                         
 
Elizabeth H.
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??
Elizabeth H.
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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