Purple Queen® Bougainvillea
Purple Queen® Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Moneth'Item #1305 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
Rich, deep purple, petal-like bracts are displayed against handsome, deep green foliage. A wonderful compact, upright and spreading form that works well in planter boxes, and on fences and arbors. Evergreen in frost-free areas; use as a colorful annual in cooler northern zones.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water occasionally once established; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Climbs 15 ft. tall with support; 6 to 8 ft. long, 1 1/2 ft. tall as a groundcover.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a HIB-ridDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:5, 6, 12, 13, 15 - 17, 19, 22 - 29Growth habit:Compact, SpreadingGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Climbs 15 ft. tall with support; 6 to 8 ft. long, 1 1/2 ft. tall as a groundcover.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Summer; blooms nearly year-round in frost-free areas.Flower color:PurpleDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Water occasionally once established; more in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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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