bougainvillea colors

pink bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is one of the most used plants for both interior and exterior decoration. It can be used in a pot or planted directly in the ground. There are countless bougainvillea colors so you can decorate and decorate to your liking. However, many people do not know how many colors of bougainvillea exist.

In this article we are going to tell you about the main colors of the bougainvillea, characteristics of this plant and what care it needs.

bougainvillea colors

bougainvillea colors

The best-known bougainvillea colors are: red, purple, yellow, white and pink. These are the most common bougainvillea and the most abundant monochromatic colors and monochromatic flowers. However, there are bicolor bougainvilleas that can have both flowers and leaves. The bicolor bougainvillea with flowers are the most sought after and valued in the world. At the beginning of flowering, the flowers are pinkish in color, but gradually turn white. This transformation is a miracle.

There are also bicolor types on the leaves, yet often the usual green color of the leaves adds a strange yellow tint. The flowers in these cases can also be of various colors. On the other hand, we have the XL bougainvilleas. These are those that have leaves and petals that are larger than average. The body size is also larger than usual and can reach up to twelve meters.

To identify the color of the template we must have it by their names. The color of the bougainvillea has associated properties, so it can help us with the selection:

  • Gold or yellow: it is ideal to wrap them in an obelisk with reeds.
  • Zahira or pink: It is the most natural hybrid and is originally from Almería.
  • Lateritia or orange: It is a perfect color for the garden or indoors.
  • Albicans or white: This variety is usually potted.

Key features

bougainvillea colors

Summer gives them brilliant sunshine, and the bougainvilleas thank them with one of the most generous flowers a climber can offer: a profusion of flowers, vibrating among them red and pink, magenta, purple, yellow, white, etc. In addition, today you will find them in pillars, obelisks and cut into "bouquets" to grow in pots on patios or terraces.

In regions with mild, frost-free winters, bougainvillea produce spectacular blooms against a garden wall or pergola. However, the new varieties not only offer an unbeatable range of shades, but thanks to their different shapes they can be grown perfectly in pots, even small ones or hanging ones.

So that you can enjoy their company during the flowering season -from spring to autumn in areas with intense sun- and when the cold begins to take them under cover, or easily protect them with a covering layer or a hibernation veil and a layer that cover the roots of the plant.

They can also be grown indoors, as long as the location is very bright -preferably facing south- or in a greenhouse.

Bougainvillea care

bicolor flower

Oddly enough, bougainvillea is a plant that grows well even in climates with hot summers and cold winters. Despite its purely tropical origin (it originates from Brazil), the truth is that we can enjoy this flowering year after year if we know how to protect it from one of its main enemies: nightfall. Typical temperatures for the harsh winter months of the shrub.

If we live in a temperate climate (no frost in winter), we can not only enjoy it outdoors all the time, but even enjoy it in full bloom all the time. However, if we live where the temperature varies greatly between summer and winter, we must take some precautions. Although it is not as cold as it seems (it can withstand 3 to 7 degrees below zero depending on the variety), if we keep it in a pot it is ideal to keep it covered in winter.

If we plant it directly in the ground, we can cover it directly with a garden blanket during the harshest months so that the cold does not kill it.

We have a delicate problem with bougainvillea because where we plant it is critical. Despite being a flowering plant that we could even classify as a field plant, this climbing shrub does not tolerate transplants very well. Its roots are fragile and once we have it in our home it is important to decide whether to let it grow in a pot (recommending that it be of the right size since depending on the variety it can surprise us with its growth) or take a look at it directly on the ground, regrafting The most time possible.

When deciding on the second option, we must have foresight: bougainvillea planted directly in the ground can reach a height of 10 meters. A good reason to choose your location carefully to avoid surprises later.


The bougainvillea is a climbing plant accustomed to living in poor soils. What's more, unlike many other flowering shrubs, it does not tolerate over-fertilization well when planted directly into garden soil. And, logically, if you do it in a pot (although here you will need to use liquid fertilizer every 15 days in summer and spring).

It has a low need for nutrient-rich soil and a low need for water. Although in winter it is ideal to water it with rain, or let it rest indoors; In pots, watering several times a week is enough. A piece of advice: for those risks, it is better not to wet its leaves and only focus on hydrating the roots.

Now that we've covered almost everything you need, let's focus on your most important need: light. Here there is no measure, but it is important that it receives as much light as possible (indoors and outdoors, in pots and planted in the ground).

Only then can we appreciate these bracts of colors as spectacular as fuchsia, orange, red or yellow. Only then can we enjoy the pleasures of climbing plants, which do not require much and are a true gift for the eyes.

I hope that with this information you can learn more about the colors of the bougainvillea and its characteristics.

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