Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Torch Glow'Item #1267 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
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Unusual, showy, shrubby grower boasts beautiful reddish-pink blooms atop upright branches. Wonderful accent shrub or screen when massed, needs no support. Use as a summer annual in patio containers. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-aPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Birds, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PinkFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationRequires 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. Once established, water deeply and less frequently. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.