Lagerstroemia indica

mondo-del-giardino lagestroemia indica pianta


Scientific name:

Lagerstroemia indica


Italian common name:

Crape myrtle




south east Asia


also present spontaneously in Java, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and the Andaman Islands

Evergreen or deciduous:

deciduousmondo-del-giardino lagestroemia indica fiore





4 m.

Width (extension):

4 m.


Small tree or shrub with wide, rounded foliage that is not too dense.


alternate, elliptical, oval, elongated leaves, dark green in colour, which become orange in autumn, before falling.


15/20 cm long bunches made up of numerous small flowers. The color ranges from white to scarlet red depending on the variety and species.

Flowering:mondo-del-giardino lagestroemia indica pannocchia

Summer. It flowers on the branches of the year.


The fruit is a rounded capsule, which opens when ripe.


very smooth, gray in color which peels off showing the beige trunk underneath with a very decorative effect.


no healing properties. It is used for pure ornamental value.

Parfume:mondo-del-giardino lagestroemia indica frutto




low if the plant is left in the wild, medium if regular pruning is performed.

Light Exposure:

Sun, partial shade

Soil type:

clayey or calcareous, rich and with a good texture

Soil acidity:

moderately acidic to neutral

Italian climatic area:

It can be planted in practically every area of ​​Italy with the exception of excessively cold mountain areas

Need for water:mondo-del-giardino

In the soil when young it should be watered every 2 weeks and at maturity regular rains are enough. In pots it will need to be watered regularly without stagnation in the saucer.


by seed – collected at the end of summer and sown in autumn – by woody cutting taken in summer or by layering.


As it grows, growth pruning must be done, which you need to know how to do. Flowering on the branches of the year, on the adult plant, it must be carried out at the end of the frosts, that is, at the end of February of approximately ¾ of the length of the branch. For how to prune the plants in your garden you can read the dedicated articles here


powdery mildew, red spider mite and aphids.

PARTICULARITY mondo-del-giardino lagestroemia indica bianca

From China, where it came for ornamental use, Magnus Von Lagerstroem, director of the East India Company, noticed the plant in India in 1759 and sent it as a specimen to Linnaeus for classification even though he was not sure that it was a new species.

Unfortunately in the meantime he died without knowing that he had been right. Linnaeus, in honor of the discoverer, called it Lagerstroemia indica.

Known as crape myrtle due to the curled edges of the flowers.



It is a slow growing plant.

It resists frost down to -15°

It is visited by bees for pollen and nectar

It has a thin root system that never damages buildings or the road surface.

A nitrogen-based fertilizer that is not rich but slow-release is recommended to help the blooms as well as the leaves.

Due to its not very dense foliage and its characteristics it is used for bonsai.

In the kitchen:

no use.


Lagerstroemia indica has such a particular trunk that it adorns the garden even in the absence of leaves and flowers. The best way to enjoy it is to let it grow as a shrub which is its natural form.

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