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
Moderate grower to 18 in. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
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
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 18 in. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Special features:Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Waterwise
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Summer through fall
Flower color:Red
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Garden styleMediterranean, Tropical
Patent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Design IdeasThis 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.
Companion PlantsGroup 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').
Care Information
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.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
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.
Lore:
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.