Bougainvillea spectabilis

Purple 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: Staked

Mature Height & Spread: vine to 15-30'

Natural Growth Habit: Spreading

Native To: South America

Exposure: Full Sun

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Purple

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

Sometimes, the old dog doesn’t need to be taught new tricks.  Straight species Bougainvillea spectabilis is just as (if not more so) amazing in form, color, and hardiness than any of her cultivar children.  Large, vivid red-violet bracts surround tiny little cream colored true blossoms which, at the height of the bloom, can completely cover the entire plant.  Generally though, sprays of inflorescence pop over a backdrop of lush green foliage.  Be sure to plant in full sun for the best show of color.  Watch for the thorns when you prune Bougainvillea; they’re infrequent, but enormous.  Wearing puncture proof gloves is a very good idea.  Plant where a large vine or hedge is desired, and just shape it over time until it takes the form you need.

A Bit More

Sometimes, the old dog doesn’t need to be taught new tricks.  Straight species Bougainvillea spectabilis is just as (if not more so) amazing in form, color, and hardiness than any of her cultivar children.  Large, vivid red-violet bracts surround tiny little cream colored true blossoms which, at the height of the bloom, can completely cover the entire plant.  Generally though, sprays of inflorescence pop over a backdrop of lush green foliage.  Be sure to plant in full sun for the best show of color.  Watch for the thorns when you prune Bougainvillea; they’re infrequent, but enormous.  Wearing puncture proof gloves is a very good idea.  Plant where a large vine or hedge is desired, and just shape it over time until it takes the form you need.