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
Vigorous growing stems to 20- 30 ft. long.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Waterwise
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth rate:Fast
Average landscape size:Vigorous growing stems to 20- 30 ft. long.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Orange
Garden styleTropical
Design IdeasOrange coloring makes this Bougainvillea unique. It is both reliable and vigorous, growing tall enough to shroud arbors in shade-giving foliage and flowers. Train it onto walls and fences, or onto unsightly sheds. Spiral the stems up posts and columns, and through wrought iron panels or fences. Super contrast against red tile roofs. A great choice for dry gardens in very hot landscapes
Companion PlantsFor high contrast of orange and blue or purple, combine with Paraguay Nightshade (Solanum rantonnetii 'Royal Robe'), Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda') and Blue Hibiscus (Alyogyne huegelii). For tropical looks, pair with exotic perennials such as Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) and Wyoming Canna (Canna x generalis 'Wyoming').
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:
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.