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
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 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:
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.