Information on Bougainvillea

Overview

Bougainvillea is native to South America. It is a member of the Nyctaginaceae family along with the four o'clock and the sand verbena. The plant flowers mostly in the winter and spring, but it can flower all year long.

Features

Bougainvillea is an evergreen plant with a gnarled trunk. The flowers can be purple, lavender, carmine, scarlet, red, pink, orange, yellow and white, and can be either single or double blooms.

Climate

Bougainvillea can be grown outdoors in a hot climate. In the continental United States, that is in zones 9 and 10. Farther north, it needs to be grown in containers and brought indoors in the fall.

Environment

Bougainvillea needs full sun and soil that is a bit moist, well drained and rich in nitrogen.

Uses

Several varieties of bougainvillea are used for bonsai. It can be grown as a tree, hedge, horizontally along the ground as a ground cover or in a hanging basket.

Problems

Bougainvillea can be attacked by caterpillars, aphids, scale and greenfly insects. It can also contract chlorosis because of mineral deficiencies and fungal diseases due to over watering and high humidity.

References

  • Bougainvillea Facts
  • Bougainvillea Information
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