I had never seen Crape Myrtle before I moved to the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Now I love it, but only in the Southeast. It grows in California, but looks out of place there. Not sure why. Probably the same reason palm trees look silly in the D.C. area. Plants need to suit their surroundings, don’t you think?
Anyway, here are three different shades:
Pink, my personal favorite. Deliberately overexposed for a high-key look.
Purple. This one is starting to fade, but you can still see the lovely color.
And white, which is starting to grow on me. Not literally, of course. It also comes in red, but I haven’t seen one in the area.
Crape myrtle, or Lagerstroemia, is part of the Loosestrife family, and was originally spelled “Crepe myrtle,” because of the crepe-like blooms. According to Wikipedia, it was “named after the Swedish merchant Magnus von Lagerström, who supplied Carolus Linnaeus with plants he collected.” Linnaeus being the famous Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist.
Hope your week’s going well so far….