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
- 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.