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Bougainvillea spectabilis Raspberry Ice, Bougainvillea

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Bougainvillea spectabilis Raspberry Ice
Family: Nyctaginaceae
Origin: Brazil
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersThorny or spinySeaside, salt tolerant plant

Very vigorous, evergreen, woody vines with spines. Although normally climbers, they can be trained to stay bushy as pot plants, hanging baskets, or as standard 3 or 4 feet high. They will bloom beautifully on branches on 18"-20" long. Keep all long shoots cut back to 18"-20" for best bloom. The vibrant color of this vine comes not from the small white tubular flowers, but from the 3 large paper-like bracts that surround each flower. Winter bloomer, likes very dry conditions it is a very good salt tolerant. Accent plant, often used as a hedge. See article about Bougainvillea.

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