Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’

Red Bougainvillea

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Vines

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Large

Also Grown As: Espalier / Staked

Mature Height & Spread: vine to 15-30'

Natural Growth Habit: Spreading

Native To: South America

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Red

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Deer Resistant / Desert Conditions / Seacoast Conditions

Container Sizes: #1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones: 5, 6, 12-17, 19, 21-24

A Bit More

The Bougainvillea variety ‘Barbara Karst’ is a marriage of toughness and beauty. Not only does ‘Barbara Karst’ handle desert heat well, it has been noted as hardy down to 25°F. Frost may nip the newer growth, but the lion’s share of the plant will be undisturbed. From spring, all the way through summer, the relatively inconspicuous blossoms of ‘Barbara Karst’ are surrounded by bracts of such a bright magenta-red color that they almost look unreal, though in light shade the bracts will take on a more earthly violet cast. Be sure to plant in full sun for the best show of color. Watch for the thorns when you prune this big boy; they’re infrequent, but enormous! Wearing puncture proof gloves is a very good idea. Plant this Bougainvillea where a large vine or hedge is desired, and just shape it over time until it takes the form you need.

A Bit More

The Bougainvillea variety ‘Barbara Karst’ is a marriage of toughness and beauty. Not only does ‘Barbara Karst’ handle desert heat well, it has been noted as hardy down to 25°F. Frost may nip the newer growth, but the lion’s share of the plant will be undisturbed. From spring, all the way through summer, the relatively inconspicuous blossoms of ‘Barbara Karst’ are surrounded by bracts of such a bright magenta-red color that they almost look unreal, though in light shade the bracts will take on a more earthly violet cast. Be sure to plant in full sun for the best show of color. Watch for the thorns when you prune this big boy; they’re infrequent, but enormous! Wearing puncture proof gloves is a very good idea. Plant this Bougainvillea where a large vine or hedge is desired, and just shape it over time until it takes the form you need.