Bougainvillea is a vine that can grow to 15′ to 30’and requires some support. It does have spines, so care needs to be taken when handling. It has showy bracts, which means they last a lot longer than a traditional flower would. They start out white and then from the edge become more pink as they age.
Bougainvillea is native to South America.
Needs well drained fertile soil in full sun. The soil should never be waterlogged, so it is advised to let the soil completely dry out between watering. Drought tolerant once established. Fertilize with a balanced, soluble fertilizer every two weeks during the growing period.
It is reported that Cuttings 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), put under mist, will usually root in 4 to 6 weeks. I have yet to try this.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20103, P21204
Found in Pots,
The first one of these, bought as a rooted bare-root cutting did not survive, but we now have a second larger one that we hope we can successfully overwinter.
We acquired this plant from Farmington Gardens - grown by Hines.