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Scientific Name: Bougainvillea glabra Choisy
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea  glabra)
A red Bougainvillea hybrid in winter in a protected location
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 22-24. Widely grown in 12,13,15-17,19,21
USDA: 9,10

Frost Tolerance: Without protection in Phoenix, the frost will kill major part of the branches, plant will grow back rapidly from the roots. Hardy to 25F (-4C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Brazil.

Growth Habits: Thorny vine, up to a 20 feet, evergreen shrub in frost free locations.

Watering Needs: Little water once established.


The Bougainvilleas are very common plants in the Phoenix area. Most varieties are hybrids between B glabra and B. spectabilis. Bougainvillea brasiliensis is a name with no botanical validity.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea  glabra)

Cultural Practices:
The bougainvillea root system is extremely fragile. The plant doesn't like to be moved. Take extra caution when removing the plant from the pot before placing it in the ground.

Blooming Habits:
Blooms year around in protected locations.

Fruiting Habits:

Cuttings from mid-winter to early spring, keep soil mixture moist, better with bottom heat.

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