Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Torch Glow Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Torch Glow'Item #1267 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
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This unusual, showy, shrubby bougainvillea boasts beautiful reddish pink blooms atop stiff, upright branches. A wonderful accent shrub or screen when massed; requires no support. Evergreen in frost-free regions; can be used in colder climates as a colorful summer annual for patio containers.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-aDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Compact, RoundedGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.Special features:Compact Form, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.Flower 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 PlantsPassion Flower (Passiflora); Evergreen Clematis (Clematis); Cordyline (Cordyline); Date Palm (Phoenix); Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia)
- CareCare InformationProvide average to lean, fast draining soil. USE CAUTION not to damage roots when planting. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; water container plants regularly, when top 3 in. of soil are dry. Feed in spring.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
- 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.