• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Bold Form and Color
    Blooms:
    Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Compact, Rounded
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 6 to 8 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
    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 PlantsPassion Flower (Passiflora); Evergreen Clematis (Clematis); Cordyline (Cordyline); Date Palm (Phoenix); Bird-of-Paradise (Strelitzia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • 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.