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Thursday, 26 February 2009

Indigenous Beauties : Dissotis princeps

Dissotis princeps
Wild Tibouchina

Dissotis princeps is a wild and princely plant. It flowers off and on from the end of Summer right through to the beginning of Spring. Its an ideal plant in wet or damp areas in the garden, it flowers for long periods, and loves full sun. Its also an easy plant to grow, it grows very fast, and can be cut right back after flowering.

Its common name is the Wild Tibouchina because it looks similar to the Tibouchina we see in established gardens, but its also known as the Royal Dissotis, because princeps means 'princely' in latin.

Its been known to be used as an aphrodisiac, and been harvested as a vegetable in difficult times.

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