Lagerstroemia – Rikki Tikki Rouge
Rikki Tikki crapemyrtles are quite hardy and can be grown even in USDA zone 6. They may die back to the ground in colder areas, but will return from the roots and still flower that summer. If your plant dies back due to winter damage, don't panic - wait for the new growth to appear and then cut back any portions that aren't showing signs of life.
The dwarf, shrubby habit of these crapemyrtles means they don't need regular pruning. However, if you wish to prune them, early spring, just as the new growth begins to emerge on the stems, is the best time.
Rikki Tikki crapemyrtles can be used in both landscapes and gardens for color from spring through fall. Dwarf habit allows them to be used as a low hedge or specimen, or mixed with colorful perennials.
Maintenance Category Easy
Water Category Average
Blooms On New Wood
Flower Form Border Plant, Container, Landscape, Mass Planting, Specimen or Focal Point