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Bougainvillea glabra (Bougainvillea)

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3 hours care
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5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bougainvillea glabra

Other names

Bougainvillea, Paper flower, Lesser bougainvillea

Genus

Bougainvillea Bougainvillea

Species

B. glabra - B. glabra is a tender evergreen climber with ovate leaves and clusters of papery purple-magenta bracts around small white insignificant flowers.


Bougainvillea glabra is: Evergreen

Habit

Branching, Climbing

Flower

Purple, Pink in Summer; Pink, Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs

General care

Pruning

When pruning, cut back the side shoots leaving three to four buds.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Bougainvillea glabra (Bougainvillea) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Indoor, Containers, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant under glass in loam-based compost in full light and good ventilation, or outdoors in warm, sheltered frost-free spot. Needs to be moved inside over winter. May survive short spells down to 0 °C if kept fairly dry. Water freely in summer.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Bougainvillea glabra

Other names

Bougainvillea, Paper flower, Lesser bougainvillea

Genus

Bougainvillea Bougainvillea

Species

B. glabra - B. glabra is a tender evergreen climber with ovate leaves and clusters of papery purple-magenta bracts around small white insignificant flowers.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Branching, Climbing


Colour

Flower

Purple, Pink in Summer; Pink, Purple in Autumn

Foliage

Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse red spider mite , Glasshouse whitefly , Mealybugs

General care

Pruning

When pruning, cut back the side shoots leaving three to four buds.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bougainvillea glabra (Bougainvillea) will reach a height of 5m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Conservatory, Indoor, Containers, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant under glass in loam-based compost in full light and good ventilation, or outdoors in warm, sheltered frost-free spot. Needs to be moved inside over winter. May survive short spells down to 0 °C if kept fairly dry. Water freely in summer.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Bougainvillea glabra (Bougainvillea)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Bougainvillea glabra (Bougainvillea)

Common pest name

bougainvillea mealybug

Scientific pest name

Phenacoccus peruvianus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of Bougainvillea spreading rapidly around Mediterranean; following introduction from South America. Detected on a Capsicum crop in Austria in 2014. Growers should monitor for its presence and take appropriate action.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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