Bougainvilleas are evergreen vines in regions that do not experience frost. They are recognized for being a profusely blooming vine, which can achieve heights of up to 30 feet, depending on the variety.
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The Bougainvillea is an indigenous plant to Brazil, Peru and Argentina. It was originally discovered in Brazil by Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French admiral, in the mid-18th century.
Bougainvilleas come in many vibrant colors, such as apricot, magenta, yellow, purple, pink and red. The Bougainvillea is a dense, thickly leaved, shrubby vine which is known for having many sharp thorns that grow in abundance on all stems of the plant.
Bougainvilleas love sun and need at least 5 to 6 hours of light every day. They can be grown in hanging baskets, on trellises or as hedges. They prefer high-phosphorus fertilizer and lots of water.
The "Barbara Karst" Bougainvillea appears crimson blue in the shade, red in the sun. It prefers to be grown as a climbing Bougainvillea since it can reach heights of 20 to 30 feet. The "Elizabeth Angus" is glossy leaved and has neon-purple flowers. It can be grown in a hanging basket since it generally only reaches 6 to 10 feet in height. The "Lady Baring" is a tall-growing (to 30 feet) Bougainvillea with apricot/orange blossoms. It can be grown as either a shrub or on a trellis.
According to Bougainvillea Growers International, the Bougainvillea is the official flower of the California cities of San Clemente, Camarillo and Laguna Niguel.
- Information on the Bougainvillea
- The Bougainvillea
- Official City Flower
- Bougainvillea Growers International
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