• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Climbs 15 ft. tall with support; 1 1/2 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide as groundcover.
    Key Feature:
    Carefree and Colorful
    Summer; blooms nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a HIB-rid
    Sunset climate zones:5, 6, 12, 13, 15 - 17, 19, 22 - 29
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Climbs 15 ft. tall with support; 1 1/2 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide as groundcover.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer; blooms nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
    Flower color:Purple
    Design IdeasUse this vine as a blooming groundcover or on a trellis. It can be grown in a container with support or allowed to drape over the side for an exotic look. Plant on banks and slopes for an avalanche of color or allow to drape over the edge of retaining walls.
    Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Cordyline (Cordyline); Evergreen Clematis (Clematis); Salvia (Salvia); Upright Juniper (Juniperus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average to lean, fast draining soil. USE CAUTION not to damage roots when planting. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency, once established; water container plants more often. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Apply fertilizer 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
    Purple Queen is one of the finest new bougainvillea cultivars introduced by Monrovia. It's history descends through a convoluted ancestry involving three South American species from Brazil including B. spectabilis, B. glabra and B. peruviana. The genus comprises 14 species of spiny shrubs, trees and vines. It was named after the famous French explorer, Louis-antoine de Bougainville, who circumnavigated the globe on a three year journey from 1766-1769. On that trip he was the first European to land on the Solomon Islands, and there his naturalists from the ship discovered the great woody vines and named them after the captain.
    A tea of bougainvillea flowers is used in Mexican folk medicine to treat cough. Leaves of the species B. spectabilis is a source of a newly discovered compound, pinitol, used to treat some metabolic diseases such as insulin resistant diabetes.


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