Genus that includes numerous evergreen shrubs originating in Africa and South America. Tibucina plants have a slightly climbing or hanging shape, and develop up to about a meter in height. The stems are green, semi-woody, arched; the leaves are large, oval, rough, dark green in color, crossed by deep, leathery veins. Throughout the summer, the tibucine produces showy inflorescences made up of clusters of spectacular deep purple flowers. The species usually most cultivated as a houseplant is T. semidecandra, Tibouchina urvilleana, the variety with the greatest cultivation, of Brazilian origin, is also cultivated as a garden plant in regions with mild winters.
These plants love very bright positions, but far from direct sun rays, which could damage the leaves and the flowers; in the hottest months of the year it is advisable to shade it. These plants love the heat, therefore they can spend the warm months outside, in the garden or on a terrace, but they must be immediately withdrawn at home in winter, since they fear temperatures below 10-12 ° C. In the house they should be placed in a very bright place, away from direct sunlight and drafts.