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 feet H x 4-5 feet 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
- Hardy from USDA Zones 7-10. We do recommend providing winter precautions during hard freezes in the first growing season, i.e. cover with freeze-cloth or a tarp overnight.
- 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, slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Loropetalums may 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 and improve its chances of long-term success. During the second growing season, supplementary 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.
How to Plant:
First, dig a hole three times as wide as the pot your plant came in. The Purple Pixie is a light rooting variety, so this will loosen up the soil around it and allow its roots to spread more easily. The hole should be deep enough that the top of the plant’s root ball is even with or slightly above the ground around it. Next, mix the native soil you removed from the hole with a bag or two of some good quality garden soil or composted manure. This will enrich the soil and provide additional nutrients for your plant to absorb over time.
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.
- This selection’s bold evergreen color creates a fantastic contrast with many many different types of plants. It pairs well with almost any type of Gardenia, thanks to their bright white flowers and the fact that they grow well in similar conditions.
- Try planting it with some brilliantly colored evergreens, such as the Lemon Lime Nandina or the Sunshine Ligustrum. Either of these will contrast beautifully with the rich purple leaves of the Pixie.
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