The name refers to the grainy, granular texture of the leaves. This shrub can be found growing wild but thrives well under cultivation. It blooms frequently.
Each blossom is five-petaled and about 2" wide.
The petals are delicate and is a deep rose-violet to deep purple
The flowers are borne in erect terminal panicles.
The stamens are gnarled and are a favourite of pollen-collecting bees
Flowering panicles at branch tips can completely cover the tree with rich, velvet-like blossoms.
The dark green leaves are elliptic in shape and pubescent.
New growth is covered in a reddish bronze felt.
Aphids having a field day on the flower buds.
Grasshoppers have a field day too.
Tibouchina granulosa and a silver tribal neck accessory.