• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous growing stems to 20 to 30 ft. long.
    Key Feature:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous growing stems to 20 to 30 ft. long.
    Foliage color:Green
    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 PlantsCanna (Canna); Lantana (Lantana); Lilac Hibiscus (Alyogyne); Cordyline (Cordyline); Salvia (Salvia)
  • 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. 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
    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.
    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.