Bougainvillea glabra (Paper Flower)

Native to Brazil, these shrubs grow very rapidly and require frequent pruning once mature. They require staking as they
age and produce a large amount of thorns and debris.

Bougainvillea glabra (Paper Flower)
Deciduous: no
Hardiness Zones: 9-10, frost tolerant (below 32 F, 0 C)
Height: to 9 meters (30 feet) tall in native habitats, commonly 3 meters (10-12 feet) tall
Diameter: commonly to 2.4 meters (8 feet) wide
Growth Rate: fast
Age: perennial
Root System: delicate, fibrous
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Subspecies: ‘Barbra Karst’, ‘Afterglow’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘Raspberry Ice’, ‘Crimson Jewel’, ‘Oo-la-la’, ‘Variegata’

Tolerates: rocky, sandy soils; heat, drought
Problems (major): none
Problems (minor): requires frequent and intense pruning, white flies, thorns, litter, chlorosis (alkaline soil), root rot,
staking (once mature)
Poisonous: presumably no

Soil requirements: performs well in heavy/clay, acidic, well-drained soils
Air requirements: not sufficiently researched
Watering requirement: prefers moderate watering, once or twice a week in summer
Sun requirement: full sun

Leaf shape: globular, elliptical, or cordate leaves, dark green old growth, new growth light green
Leaf size: to 6 centimeters (2.5 inches) long
Flower structure: pink or light red bracts on showy flowers
Flowering frequency: year-round, most prevalent in autumn and winter
Stem: arborescent, many prickly thorns to 1 centimeter long, heavily fissured
Subterranean storage organ: roots
Monocot/Dicot: dicot
Annual/Biennial/Perennial: perennial

Notable characteristics:
These tropical shrubs grow very rapidly and produce a copious amount of thorns. The paper-like flowers are very thin and

These are grown for their ornamental flowers and as hedges.

Sources used:

Branches and the canopy

Flowers and foliage

An arching form of growth



All of the images provided were taken by me. They may be used for educational/informational purposes only, provided that
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