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Purple Cow™

Mid-Size Crapemyrtle

Create an udderly majestic garden full of deep purple blooms.

A new mid-size crapemyrtle featuring beautiful, deep purple flowers against dark green foliage. Its upright habit & plentiful blooms makes it the perfect choice as a stand-alone variety or grouped in mass for more impact. Combine with other bright-colored plants to add pizzazz to the landscape.

 

Lagerstroemia x 'GAMAD IX' PP#23,560

Purple Cow™ Crapemyrtle

Upright habit & plentiful blooms

The perfect choice as a stand-alone variety or grouped in mass for more impact

Deep purple flowers against dark green foliage

Combine with other bright-colored plants to add pizzazz to the landscape

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Purple Cow™

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Deciduous Shrub
Light
Full Sun to Part Sun
Average Height
6' to 10'
Average Width
5'
Average Spacing
4' to 4'
Hardiness Zones
Zone 6-9 (-10°F to 30°F) (-23°C to -1°C)
Soil Moisture
Well-drained, semi-moist
Purple Cow™

Features & Uses

Features

  • Majestic deep purple blooms summer into fall
  • Mid-size, upright grower
  • Beautiful reddish stems on new growth
  • Full sun, low maintenance
  • Disease resistance
     

Garden Uses

  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Specimen

Purple Cow™

General Maintenance

Pruning:

  • Deadhead, remove old flowers

 

Fertilizing:

  • Apply general purpose fertilizer in the spring when new growth appears. Check with your preferred garden center for your specific area.
     

Tips:

  • With its disease resistant foliage, Purple Cow™ is virtually maintenance free.
  • Combine with other low maintenance plants to enjoy the beauty without the work.
  • Create repeat blooms by deadheading spent flowers.

Purple Cow™

Companion Plants

There are several plants that would make great companions in the garden or landscape.
The key to companion planting is selecting plants with similar cultural requirements. Below are a few suggestions:

 

Create a color echo by under planting with purple Homestead Verbena. Sun loving plants such as Daylilies, Echinacea and Chapel Hill Lantana add continuous summer color.

Development Story

Dr. Michael A. Dirr has a knack for breeding unique plants that stand out in the landscape. He strives to select varieties with heavy flowering, compact & dense habit, disease resistance and colorful new growth. Once again, he hit a home run with new mid-size crapemyrtle selections that encompass all of the key qualities that anyone would relish in the garden.

 

*Plant shown is Pink Pig™

Development Story

Development Story

Depending upon size, crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are either shrubs or trees. With the flowers bearing resemblance to crepe paper, the plants earn their name with their soft, delicate petals. With their love of warmer climates, they are a staple in the landscape of the Southeastern United States. It has become increasingly common, however, to find the beautiful varieties further North in areas such as St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and on Long Island.

 

*Plant shown is Purple Cow™

Development Story

Development Story

Knowing that today's landscapes require more compact varieties, Dr. Dirr (through his breeding at University of Georgia Research Foundation) chose three mid-size crapemyrtles that feature tight, upright habits that fit the need. The whimsical barnyard series featuring Pink Pig™, Purple Cow™ and Red Rooster™ provides an array of colors to choose from including pink, purple and true red. The blooms grow in beautiful clusters with eye-catching crinkly petals.

Pictured Right: Dr. Michael A. Dirr

Development Story

Development Story

The Gardener's Confidence® Collection knows that time in the garden should be spent enjoying the view, not spraying endlessly. With their disease resistance and low maintenance, the three new crapemyrtles provide gardeners more beauty and reliability.

 

*Plant shown is Red Rooster®

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Add vibrant color to the landscape with our fun series of barnyard favorites. Plant the mid-size crapemyrtles in full sun for the best bloom performance and foliage color. Bred for disease and mildew resistance, they are easy to maintain for a stress-free garden. The brilliant flower colors make them perfect choices to use as a specimen or in a grouping. 

 

*Plant shown is Purple Cow™

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Planting Guide

  • Dig a planting hole twice as large as the root ball
  • Remove plant from container and place in planting hole
  • Level top of root ball with the ground
  • Backfill
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Keep moist until established

 

*Plant shown is Pink Pig™

Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Pruning

Heavy pruning is not necessary. Deadheading will encourage reblooming into fall. If you need to prune to maintain shape, it is best to prune after the plant is in dormancy, usually late winter or early spring.

 

*Plant shown is Red Rooster®

  • In the Garden

    In the Garden

    The majestic deep purple blooms of Purple Cow™ add cheer to the garden during even the hottest summer months. Birds & butterflies, attracted to the darker shade of purple blooms, will keep coming back for more. The low maintenance shrub adds plenty of character minus the tedious work.

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