Tibouchina urvilleana
princess flower

Melastomataceae (melastoma family)
Flowers, buds, and leaves of Tibouchina urvilleana at Grove. Sairus Patel, 17 Aug 2020
Leaf of Tibouchina urvilleana. John Rawlings, 2005

Showy purple flowers profusely adorn this shrub – sometimes pruned into a small tree – summer through fall. Five or so veins run the length of its distinctive leaves, which are soft and down-covered.

Five are in the Hummingbird Garden, which was installed fall of 2015 at the left of the entrance to Green Library’s Bing Wing, behind the low wall. Two more are in concrete planters to the right of the entrance. Two vigorous multi-stemmed specimens flank the front pathway of Grove (584 Mayfield Avenue). Previously, princess flower was seen in planters in the Faculty Club dining court; in the Dean’s Courtyard of the hospital, just north of the Clark building and facing Campus Drive; and at the back side near the northeast corner of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the text ca. 2005. Sairus Patel revised it and added the Grove and Hummingbird Garden locations; all locations up to date (Aug 2020).