The Purple Pixie Loropetalum from the Southern Living Plant Collection is a Loropetalum like no other! This evergreen features rich, eggplant-purple leaves that last all year long. However, what separates the Purple Pixie from the pack is its naturally weeping foliage. When used in the landscape, it forms an attractive mound of purple foliage. Furthermore, this Loropetalum truly shines in hanging baskets, window boxes, and other containers that allow the drooping foliage to cascade over the edges. Gorgeous elliptical leaves dangle gracefully while simultaneously adding a whole new level of color interest to the landscape and/or planter.
Besides dynamite foliage color, this variety features brilliant pink ribbon blooms as well. An initial considerable display of blossoms appears in spring. Afterward, this weeping Loropetalum will periodically rebloom through fall with smaller flower displays.
The Purple Pixie grows to 1-2′ H x 4-5′ W. Therefore, it’s perfect for a groundcover.
This Loropetalum is more deer resistant than your average plant, however, it’s not deer proof.
Other than a container planting, some popular uses for the Purple Pixie Loropetalum are as an accent, mass planting, or slope planting.
Purple Pixie Loropetalum Care
Plant in USDA Zones 7-10.
Prefers Partial to Full Sun. However, gardeners in the deep south of the United States should try to shield the Purple Pixie Loropetalum from intense afternoon sunlight.
Grows best in rich soil with good drainage. Loropetalums commonly experience root rot when planted in soil with poor drainage.
Water 3-4 times per week during the first growing season to help the Purple Pixie grow extensive roots that will improve its chances of long-term success. During the second growing season, water 2-3 times per week is generally sufficient.
Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, in early spring to promote growth and the overall health of your plant.
Purple Pixie Loropetalum Spacing Requirements
For seamless foliage mounds, plant your Purple Pixie Loropetalum 2.5′ apart. For space between shrubs, plant them 5+ feet apart.