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BOUGAINVILLEA spectabilis 'Lavender Queen'

Image of Bougainvillea spectabilis 'Lavender Queen'

Maureen Gilmer

Family

Nyctaginaceae

Botanical Name

BOUGAINVILLEA spectabilis 'Lavender Queen'

Plant Common Name

Great Bougainvillea, Lavender Queen Bougainvillea

General Description

Showy bougainvillea is a vigorous, woody, climber with curving thorns and soft, green leaves with hairy undersides. Stems are also hairy. 'Lavender Queen' produces colorful clusters of lavender bracts seasonally, triggered by a cold temperature regime or, most consistently, during the dry season. Bougainvillea is typically a large plant with an open habit that requires pruning.

Plant in full sun and fertile, well-drained garden soil. Showy bougainvillea makes a colorful accent on walls or pergolas, trained as espalier and may be planted as an annual in hanging baskets or other large containers.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    22'-40' / 6.7m - 12.2m

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Gray

  • 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Hanging Basket, Rock Garden / Wall, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier, Tropical, Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No