• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Waterwise
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Special features:Waterwise, Year-round Interest
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Pink
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasUse this unique bougie as a freestanding shrub in the landscape. Makes a bright specimen focal point both long range and close up. Integrate into mixed tropical or desert plant borders for spicy color. Can add unique looks to a Mediterranean landscape when hot color is needed for interest.
    Companion PlantsGroup this bougie with desert plants such as Toothless Desert Spoon, (Dasylirion longissimum), Santa Rita Tubac Prickly Pear, (Opuntia santa-rita 'Tabac'), Pygmy Date Palm, (Phoenix robellini), and Coral Seas Passion Flower, (Passiflora jamesonii 'Coral Seas').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires well drained soil. USE CAUTION NOT TO DAMAGE ROOTS WHEN PLANTING. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant was named for French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainville who circumnavigated the globe in the mid 18th century. A stop at the Solomon Islands caused his staff to find the woody lianas which they named for their captain. Twelve other species are scattered throughout the frost free regions of South America. This hybrid's ancestry is unknown, but virtually all contemporary forms were derived from crosses of three species, B. spectabilis, B. glabra and B. peruviana.
    Lore:
    The intense color of these plants, often mistaken for the flowers is actually the bracts which draw pollinators to smaller more insignificant white tubular flowers nestled within.