September Plant of the Month
Lagerstroemia 'GAMAD VII' -Sweetheart Dazzle® dwarf crape myrtle
by Adrienne Roethling
Lagerstroemia is a rather large group of plants made up of approximately 50 different species and dozens upon dozens of varieties. Most species are native throughout Asia, India and Australia. It was discovered and name in the early 1700’s. More recently, it has become a staple in southern landscapes as it thrives with heat, humidity, blooms for months during the summer and survives a fair amount of cold. Plant enthusiasts have created dwarf forms offering many variations of red, pink and purple.
Lagerstroemia 'GAMAD VII' -Sweetheart Dazzle® dwarf crape myrtle is one of those dwarf forms with electric pink flowers. At maturity, plants reach 4’ tall and wide. Small, narrow green leaves emerge in mid to later summer with flowers budding on every branch terminal. Clusters of hot pink flowers create a 5” panicle lasing well into summer. This is an ideal specimen for smaller gardens.
Join or renew your garden membership during September and your name will be included in a drawing for a complimentary Lagerstroemia 'GAMAD VII' -Sweetheart Dazzle® dwarf crape myrtle.