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BOUGAINVILLEA (OO-LA-LA ®)

Image of Bougainvillea 'Monka' (OO-LA-LA ®) PP6959

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Nyctaginaceae

Botanical Name

BOUGAINVILLEA 'Monka'(OO-LA-LA ®) PP6959

Plant Common Name

Bougainvillea, Oo-La-La® Bougainvillea

General Description

This vivid magenta-red dwarf bougainvillea, ‘Monka,’ is among the best for a groundcover or container color in hot, dry climates. It is descended from giant vines of South America and their many hybrids, crossed to develop this small shrubby form, and others, tame enough for garens with limited space or entirely new applications such as slope stabilization.

Also known as Oo-La-La, bears dense color due not to its flowers but to modified leaves known as bracts. They are a signal that draws pollinators to the small true flowers hidden among them. The flowers are tubular blooms visited by hummingbirds and long-tongued insects, a bonus in the eyes of some gardeners.

Give ‘Monka’ full sun and average, well-drained to dry soil. Like most bouginvilleas, it bloom far more densely when conditions are dry. If over-watered, even in the desert, it will produce too much foliage and insufficient color. It has a large, fibrous root system that resents disturbance, so when planting a nursery purchase, keep the rootball intact. Dwarf bougainvilleas such as ‘Monka’ may be allowed to grow naturally or can be sheared periodically to produce a more dense, compact character. Use it as a single specimen in the ground or a pot, in small groups, or massed with other dwarf varieties for a truly outstanding display of color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Magenta

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No