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Bougainvillea ‘Alexandra’

Paper flower

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  • Bougainvillea ‘Alexandra’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2016
  • Bougainvillea ‘Alexandra’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2016

Features

  • BloomsMay to September
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourMedium green, purple

Description

Bougainvillea ‘Alexandra’ (Paper flower). Bright purple to lilac bracts are profusely produced around light green foliage.

Characteristics

Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

South America.

Interest and use

Grown for their showy floral bracts.

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  • Bougainvillea ‘Alexandra’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2016
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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, with min of 7-10C. You should grow them in fertile, well drained soil with full light. Make sure you water moderately in the growing season, and cut back the previous season's lateral growths in the spring, leaving about 2-3cm long spurs.

Propagation

Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in the summer or by hardwood cuttings when dormant.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and mealy bug may cause problems.

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