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- Common name:
- Bougainvillea spectabilis mary palmer,White & Pink
- Regional name:
- Marathi - Bougainvillea, Bengali - Baganbilash, Hindi - Baganvilas, Telugu- Bogam Mall
Catagory : climbers-creepers-vines
Bougainvillea spectabilis is a species of flowering plant native to Brazil and commonly known as the "Great Bougainvillea." This plant is an evergreen, woody vine that can grow up to 30 feet in length, with thin stems and bright green leaves. The flowers are not typically the showstopper of this plant, as they are small, white, and often hidden behind the brightly colored bracts that surround them. The bracts are the large, showy structures that can range in color from pink to red, orange, yellow, and purple, depending on the cultivar.
Bougainvillea spectabilis is a fast-growing plant that is best suited to USDA zones 9-11, where it can be grown as a vine or a shrub. It prefers well-drained, fertile soil and full sun to partial shade. In areas with hot climates, it is best to plant bougainvillea in a spot where it can receive afternoon shade. When planting, it is important to bury the stem at least a few inches below the soil surface to encourage the plant to develop roots.
Bougainvillea spectabilis is a low-maintenance plant, but it does require regular watering, especially during dry periods. It is also important to fertilize regularly, especially during the growing season, to promote healthy growth and flowering. Pruning can also be necessary to keep the plant in shape, as well as to encourage the growth of new shoots and bracts. It is best to prune bougainvillea after the flowering season is over, when the plant has finished putting on new growth.
Bougainvillea spectabilis is a popular plant for a variety of reasons, including its showy flowers and its ability to grow in a variety of climates. In addition, bougainvillea has many practical benefits, such as its ability to provide privacy, shade, and a colorful backdrop for outdoor spaces. It can also be trained to grow on walls, fences, and arbors, creating a beautiful and attractive barrier or screen. This plant is also a great choice for gardeners who are looking for an attractive and low-maintenance option for their garden or patio.