Purple Queen® Bougainvillea
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Lore||A tea of bougainvillea flowers is used in Mexican folk medicine to treat cough. Leaves of the species B. spectabilis is a source of a newly discovered compound, pinitol, used to treat some metabolic diseases such as insulin resistant diabetes.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Climbs 15 ft. tall with support; 1 1/2 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide as groundcover.|
|Bloom Time||Summer; nearly year-round in frost-free regions.|
|Design Ideas||Use this vine as a blooming groundcover or on a trellis. It can be grown in a container with support or allowed to drape over the side for an exotic look. Plant on banks and slopes for an avalanche of color or allow to drape over the edge of retaining walls.|
|Flower Attribute||Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Barrier, Container, Erosion Control, Espalier, Green Wall, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden, Ground Cover|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Flower & Rose Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Carefree 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. Once established in the landscape, reduce frequency; water container plants regularly, when top 3 in. of soil are dry. Feed in spring.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 10 - 11