An exotic plant that grows wild in southern climates with distinctive, beautifully coloured bracts that resemble tissue paper, hence the name 'paper flower'.
Mid-Summer - Early Autumn
Full sun - minimum of 5 hours of direct sun daily
After bloom finishes, trim plant back and it will grow and bloom again. When in full bloom it will stop growing. The flowers have to fall off first before new shoots will appear. Soak the soil of the bougainvillea thoroughly and than let it dry out. Use a general purpose plant food in a 20-10-20 or 20-20-20 combination and follow the instructions on the label. Bougainvillea does not overwinter outside in the Canadian winter. The plant can be brought indoors before first frost.