Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
As a groundcover 18 in. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide; to 15 ft. tall if supported.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Waterwise
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer through fall
Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
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.
Special features:Easy Care, Waterwise
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 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. 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:
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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