The Bougainvillea is a highly ornamental plant with paper-like bright flowers that are actually modified leaves. The three simple, waxy, small flowers are surrounded by colorful sepel-like bracts. It belongs to a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees in the four o'clock family, Nyctaginaceae.

Light: Full sun

Water: Even moisture until established, then a slight dry down

Environment: Native to eastern South America; thrive in hot and dry climates 

Toxicity: Sap reported to cause minor skin irritation; reported as non toxic to pets 

Habit / Size: Bougainvillea can be vines, shrubs, or trees depending on species/cultivar

Of Note:

  • Propagation: with tip cuttings
  • They will develop thorns on the limbs

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.