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Bougainvillea glabra


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Pink, Mixed





Skill level


Bougainvillea glabra

Plant details

Bougainvillea glabra is an evergreen climbing plant with thorny stems, native to South America. In Britain it's grown as a houseplant, typically in sunny, humid conservatories and greenhouses, where conditions mimic those of its native subtropical habitat. It bears clusters of tiny white flowers surrounded by colourful bracts in a range of colours from pink and purple to red.

For best results grow Bougainvillea glabra in a large container, which you can move outside in summer. When pruning, cut back side shoots to three to four buds. Feed with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser when it comes into growth in spring, followed by a potash-rich fertiliser when the flower buds appear. Protect from frost and water sparingly in winter

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Genus: Bougainvillea

Species: glabra

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Pink, Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to prune: February to March

Time to plant: January to December

Flowering period: January to December

Reader reviews


I have a bougainvillea growing in my garden unfortunately although growing well (its about 10' tall and bushy) it doesnt flower which is very dissapointing...... I live in the North East of England, is this a factor?

Muhammad Ahmad

It needs full sun and less water for flowering.It should get 11 to 12 hours of sun


mine dries out so quick in my conservatory,i was told to let it completely dry in between watering, it's now loosing its leaves last of flowers just about finished, its about 8ft tall, do i cut down as it has 3 about 3 very tall branches,?

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