• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Vigorous stems quickly climb 20 to 30 ft. with support.
    Key Feature:
    Vigorous, Colorful Vine
    Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:boo-gan-VIL-lee-a
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Vigorous stems quickly climb 20 to 30 ft. with support.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.
    Flower color:Orange
    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); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Passion Flower (Passiflora); Lantana (Lantana); Cordyline (Cordyline)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide average to lean, fast draining soil. USE CAUTION not to damage roots when planting. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Reduce frequency, once established; water container plants regularly, when top 3 in. of soil are dry. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Apply fertilizer in spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • 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.


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