Don Mario™ Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea 'Monio'

A strong vining habit and vibrant clusters of dark purple-red flower-like bracts create a quick, carefree, beautiful cover on arbors, trellises, and spilling over fences. Superb warm season color. Evergreen in frost-free climates; use as a summer annual in colder climates, as an attractive accent in patio containers and hanging baskets.
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Your climate might be too cold for this plant: 9


Full sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical Pronunciationboo-gan-VIL-lee-uh
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityVigorous, twining stems quickly climb 15 to 30 ft. tall, with support.
Bloom TimeSummer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
Design IdeasGrow this gorgeous bougainvillea onto arbors, pergolas, gazebos and trellises, up walls and into trees where it can gracefully spill its color. Grow beside steps and on banks. Twine up posts and columns.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitClimbing
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBarrier, Container, Erosion Control, Espalier, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Plumbago (Plumbago); Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum)

Provide average to lean, fast draining soil. USE CAUTION not to damage roots when planting. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Reduce frequency, once established; water container plants more often. Apply a controlled-release fertilizer in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 9

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