Leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga)


  • Covered in Violet-Purple Flowers
  • Blooms Look and Smell Like Lilacs
  • Flower Power for Months in the Growing Season
  • Healthy, Pest-Resistant Green Foliage
  • Blooming Alternative to Boxwood
  • Dwarf Mounding Shrub
  • Keep in Containers
  • Butterfly Magnet
  • Great for Pollinators and Hummingbirds, Too
  • Low Maintenance
  • Deer Resistant…They Do Not Seem to Bother This Plant

Love fragrant plants, but have a bit of a brown thumb? Demand a beautiful presentation, but have zero time to devote to care and upkeep.

Try Leptodermis! Never heard of it?

Well, you’ll love it! The flowers look and smell like Lilacs, but grow on a tough, tiny plant!

Each year, you’ll take delight in the pretty purple-pink flowers of Leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga). Although small, they cover the subshrub from top to bottom and offer a sensational scent!

Close your eyes, and you’d swear you were standing next to a full-size Lilac bush. But this petite selection fits even in small space gardens, terraces and balconies!

Star-shaped, tubular flowers make Leptodermis a hummingbird magnet through much of the season. Enjoy their speedy antics as they gather nectar from the redolent blooms.

A few times a season, “pinch” the tip off the ends of the branches. Doing this will keep the flower display coming.

Compact Leptodermis grows into a beautiful mound. Small, ovate foliage carries a fine texture to soften the transitions in your garden design.

Rugged, low-maintenance Leptodermis is also a snap to grow and care for. Butterflies love it, but deer stay far away.

It can be grown in containers for a lovely setting on your porch or balcony. Add them as “Fillers” for oversized perennial containers and you’ll enjoy them year after year.

Leptodermis is a little-known shrub with a low mounding habit and small violet-purple blooms that appear in late spring and don’t stop until frost. It is a blooming machine that is sometimes commonly called the Baby Lilac Shrub.This is a long-blooming, fragrant plant that is gaining in popularity and is already very hard to find.

How to Use Leptodermis in the Landscape

Create a polished edging with a long, continuous row of these desirable pollinator-friendly plants. This treatment looks high-end…and turns any planting into an invaluable nectar-rich Butterfly Garden.

Hedge your annual Victory Garden to encourage pollinators to your yard. You’ll get higher yields from your vegetable plants with flowers nearby!

Keep a broad mass planting alongside your patio for fragrant flowers most of the season. Plant them a foot apart for a tight fill; or space them 30 inches apart to show off their charming form.

Leptodermis certainly make a fetching single species container. Create multiples of matching pots for an elegant, streamlined look that still offers plenty of interest.

Use this idea on either side of your front door. Go big with this look to keep the scale in harmony with the size of your home.

Pro tip…order enough to fill out the diameter of your pot. Plant them in a triangle or checkerboard to get complete coverage.

Ensure your pots have good-sized drainage holes. Please don’t use saucers underneath outdoor containers, or they’ll sit in soggy soil.

Tips for Care

If you have full sun, they’ll bloom and bloom for you! They’ll still perform nicely in partial shade, but it’s best to ensure they get at least four hours of sunlight.

Well-drained soil is best to keep the root systems happy. However, they do like to have a consistent amount of water.

Symbiotic ingredients work with the roots to help them access water and micronutrients and never “wear out”.

Mulch over the root system to keep the weeds at bay and cut down on surface evaporation. Always pull the mulch back away from the stems when you are done.

Prune to shape in early spring. Remember to keep the faded summer blooms tidied up to encourage rebloom.

Become a Leptodermis fan! This special small shrub deserves a place in your garden this season.

Leptodermis (Leptodermis oblonga) Details

Common name Leptodermis
Botanical name Leptodermis oblonga
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 18 inches
Width 18 - 24 inches
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time After Flowering
Flower color Violet