Bougainvillea glabra

Bougainvillea glabra

Bougainvillea

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Bougainvillea glabra
  • Common name: Bougainvillea
  • Plant type: Houseplant

Height: 5m

Spread: 5m

Flower colour:
  • Pink
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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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

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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