Barbara Karst Bougainvillea


Growing Zones 9-11
  • Height: 12-15′
  • Width:  12″
  • Spacing:  12″
  • Design Role:  Thriller, Spiller

  • Location : Full Sun
  • Water: Average
  • Fertilizer:  Average
  • Growth Habit: Climbing, Tailling



Use this vine as a blooming groundcover or on a trellis. It can be grown in a container with support or allowed to drape over the side for an exotic look. Plant on banks and slopes for an avalanche of color or allow to drape over the edge of retaining walls. Easy care, fast growing, waterwise.

Bougainvillea is a deciduous, tropical vine, hardy in zones 9-11. In its warmest zones, it may seem evergreen and can bloom most of the year. Even in its proper zones, bougainvillea is extremely sensitive and can be nipped by frost in abnormal weather. Bougainvillea is native to arid areas and prefers a site with drier soil and full sun. Because they love the hot, intense afternoon sun that we try to escape from, bougainvillea plants are excellent for training up pergolas. In the landscape, bougainvillea can also be trimmed back to grow as a shrubby, groundcover or foundation planting for hot, dry areas.  Just be careful when trimming, the vines hide sharp spines.

Vigorous, showy vine shines with bright magenta red blooms. Gives a fine cover to patios or arbors. Also a good groundcover for banks. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen in frost-free climates; provides superb warm season color in colder winter areas. Vines require support.