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Pride of India

While installing a vegetable garden in Claremont, I noticed this Pride of India in full flower. What a stunning sight to see.

Pride of India flowersLagerstroemia speciosa is a small to medium sized tree with smooth flaky bark.

It is a native to Southern tropical Asia. It is primarily grown as an ornamental.

Pride of India has a long history of folkloric medical applications that include blood pressure control, urinary dysfunctions (helps ease urination), cholesterol level control, treatment of diarrhea, facilitates bowel movement, diabetes and as an analgesic