• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    As a groundcover 18 in. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide; to 15 ft. tall if supported.
    Key Feature:
    Summer through fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
    Sunset climate zones:5, 6, 12, 13, 15 - 17, 19, 22 - 29
    Growth habit:Compact, Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:As a groundcover 18 in. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide; to 15 ft. tall if supported.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer through fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleTropical
    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 PlantsContrast the exquisite purple blooms with Variegated Calamondin Orange (Citrus reticulata 'Calamondin Variegata'), with its creamy yellow, variegated foliage and striped fruit. Also looks beautiful near the showy StarburstTM Double Gold Evergreen Daylily (Hemerocallis hybrid 'Monold') or Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia regina).
  • Care
    Care Information
    Requires 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 controlled-release fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • 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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