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Oo-La-La® Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea 'Monka'

Vibrant, magenta-red flowers that bloom longer than most bougainvilleas. The compact, dwarf form is wonderful for cascading over hanging baskets, or as a spreading groundcover. Exquisite patio tree form creates a stunning accent to landscapes and container gardens. Evergreen in frost-free areas; use as a colorful annual in cooler northern zones.
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Full sun

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


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Botanical Pronunciationboo-gan-VIL-lee-uh
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Cordyline (Cordyline); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Mandevilla (Mandevilla)

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

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