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Bougainvillea spectabilis/Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea spectabilis / Bougainvillea spectabilis
Flowers (bracts) hanging from a garden structure
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Flowers (bracts) hanging from a garden structure

One color among many colors of bougainvillea

Orange-red bracts with tiny white flowers

Large mass of bougainvillea hanging from a roof garden

Large masses of rambling red and lavender bougainvillea plants

Mass of bougainvillea cascading over a wall

Small white flowers and red bracts

Developing floral parts

Specimen container-grown bougainvillea

Several cultivars of bougainvillea

Red, pink and orange colored bougainvillea

An old bonsai specimen of bougainvillea

In "Old Town" San Diego, CA

A mass of bougainvillea in full bloom

Heavy flowering in mid summer

'Raspberry Ice' is a variety with variegated foliage

Mature specimen growing outdoors in Baton Rouge, indicating several years of mild winter temperatures

Close-up of the cultivar "Raspberry Ice'

Preform well in mild, frost free climates

At the entrance of a San Francisco home

Do well in full sun and flower poorly where growing in shade

Close-up of bracts surrounding white flower

Enhancing a garden entrance

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Scientific Name: Bougainvillea spectabilis
Common Name: Bougainvillea
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Flowers (bracts) present most of the year. Many varieties and colors available. Aphids, snails, slugs, and caterpillars are insect pests. A relatively recent introduction, bougainvillea looper, is now a significant pest in California. Keep soil moderately dry and plants in full sunlight.