Answer: Tibouchina urvilleana is called the 'Princess Flower', and is native to Brazil. It will be an annual in your region. It's a fast grower, 5' to 18' feet in one season. The branch tips, buds, and new growth will be shaded with velvety orange and bronze-red hairs. Expect brilliant royal purple flowers in clusters at the ends of branches. Plant with the roots in shade and the tops in sun, and protect from strong winds. Duranta is an evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves arranged in pairs or whorls along the stem. The plant has clusters of blue flowers that are attractive to butterflies. Plant in full sun and provide constant moisture. The berries of Duranta are poisonous. There are several cultivars, all native to Brazil, the West Indies, and Mexico, so they may not be hardy in your area, but they grow quickly so should provide you with at least a summer's worth of beauty.
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