My first Bougainvillea.
I wanted to have a hybrid which have less or no thorns and have a cascading effect. I got it from a nursery about RM10. I considered it a good bargain as planting them using branch cuttings seemed furtile.
So I wanted to experiment it and see what are the character of this plant.
Im not so much a lover of bougainvillea.
Somehow this varigated leaves gives me an attractive view for coloured leaves incomparison to the purple queens below.
I recommend to buy those with varigated coloured leaves,
so when they do not flower - you can atleast be content with those coloured leaves
especially those that create a nice colour feature of opposite colours.
So far from Google, I have identified 3 main species:
1) Great Bougainvillea - Bougainvillea spectabilis
main characteristics - hairy.
2) Lesser Bougainvillea - Bougainvillea glabra
has a cascading effect & hairless
3) Bougainvillea peruviana - has a branching habit that is looser and more open.
This is a climbing, spiny, spreading shrub with greenish bark
Top (after stripping off the leaves - soft pruning)
Below (after few weeks - new small shoots appear making the branch dense looking)
I took this picture near a supermarket. Looks like the same breed of what I had planted in my house. I guess this has the same type of flower of which I had bought.
The flowers didn't do well as they had fallen off within a week.
I guess they don't do well in a new changed enviorment.
Prefers best in bright full sun, requires less water to induce flowering.
Cannot stand in water as it will rot the root.
This is a woody type bougainvillea planted in my mum's hse.
She planned to pass this to me to clear her messy garden.
My problem is, I really don't know where else to place anymore plants in my crowded small little garden.
I had taken this pic. near my working area.
It has a bright white coloured flowers.
(looks very bright in the sun - sort of shining when this was taken)
I had seen this growing along the roadsides and are constantly pruned as not to outgrow towards the roadside.
This was from an housing area. I always enjoy this type.
It has a clump bunched flower unlike the other cultivars.
And it also have 2 tone in the flowers (magenta and red)
It is great to do press flowers using these as the do not loose their colour and their bracts do not hold moisture. I guess thats why they are called paper flowers (felt like paper)
There are other information about bougainvillea,
refer to this webpage for more specific details: