Orange King Bougainvillea
Orange King Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea x buttiana 'Orange King'Item #1320 USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 - 11
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Strong vining habit for quick cover and beautiful, showy masses of bronze-orange flowers. Offers lush tropical effect and color over a long season. Can be used as summer annual in cold climates in patio containers, hanging baskets. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen in frost free areas.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-aPlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Vigorous growing stems to 20- 30 ft. long.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:OrangeGarden styleTropicalDesign 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 landscapesCompanion 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').
- CareCare InformationRequires 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.