Vibrant, magenta-red flowers bloom longer than most Bougainvilleas. Compact, dwarf form is wonderful for cascading hanging baskets or as a spreading groundcover. Good summer annual in colder climates.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. REMOVE PLANT FROM CONTAINER CAUTIOUSLY. DO NOT DAMAGE ROOTS. Pruning time: spring.
This compact-growing vine is an excellent choice for containers and hanging baskets. In colder climates, use as annual color to brighten porch or patio with tropical color. An excellent way to get an exotic look in mild winter climates by planting as groundcover or as a single accent. In masses this beauty makes a stunning erosion control slope cover and perfectly cascades off the edges of retaining walls. Particularly gorgeous nestled into boulders in lawn islands where it contrasts boldly with all the green turf.
Group this beautiful mass of color with exotic tropical looking plants such as Tropicanna Gold Canna, (Canna indica 'Mactro'), Caruba Good Luck Plant, (Cordyline fruticosa 'Bra01'), Strawberry Lemonade Variegated Mandevilla, (Mandevilla sanderi 'MonProud') and Flamenco Flame Tropical Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'MonHope'). It's also a great match for other quick growing color such as Spreading Sunshine Lantana, (Lantana x 'Monine') and Athens Blue Princess Flower, (Tibouchina urvilleana 'Athens Blue').
This plant was named after the famous French explorer Louis-Antoine de Bougainvillea, who circumnavigated the globe on a three year journey from 1766-69. On that trip he discovered the Solomon Islands his naturalists from the ship discovered the great woody lianas and named the genus after their legendary camptaion. Twelveve other species were found throughout South America. This hybrid was derived from an offspring of Bougainvillea brasiliensis, the first species to reach Europe and classifed in 1772 by Earnsest Adolf Raeuschel. It was also crossed at various points with three other species found in most contemporary cultivars, B. spectabilis, B. glabra and B. peruviana.
The great misconception about bougainvilleas is that their color is derived from the flowers. The color is actually betacyanins in the bracts or modified leaves which surround tiny, tubular white flowers. Bracts serve one purpose, to attract pollinators.