The princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a glorious addition to tropical and sub-tropical gardens. Its large purple flowers and soft hairy leaves add interest and a burst of color to any landscape. It can also can be used as an indoor container plant in cooler regions if full light and warmth is provided. Though it is usually a shrub here in the United States, it sometimes becomes large enough to form a small ornamental tree.
This shrub is a recipient of the Award of Garden Merit given out by the Royal Horticultural Society.