Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 1 1/2 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.|
|Design Ideas||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.|
|Flower Attribute||Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover, Hanging Basket|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Tolerates Urban Pollution|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Compact and Colorful|
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