Paper Flower, Lesser Bougainvillea
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Bougainvillea is one of the most spectacular and colourful groups of climbing plants. These thorny climbers, native to South America, vary in size and colour and can be grown in pots or in the garden. They need a trellis or pillar to climb on and they are more than content in dry, warm environments.
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowers can be harvested from the plant at any time in the flowering period.
Use hardwood cuttings in Spring and place in river sand till roots appear. Make sure the temperature is a slight bit above the air temperature.
Layering can be used in late winter or early spring and is a very effective way of propagation.
Bougainvillea will grow up anything, a wall, pillar or trellis. Secure the branches well to prevent them from falling down.
Ensure the pot in large enough, more than 10 liters in volume. Do not over-water these plants.
A mistake many people make is to over-water the young Bougainvillae plants. Once the plants have been established very little water is needed.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies are found in flowering season
Native to South America, but can be found all around the globe and are especially abundant in former British colonies.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Purple, Red, White, Orange, Pink, Yellow
Pest and disease free.
Grown as an indoor houseplant in the UK, it will need support to climb up.