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Bougainvillea Barbara Karst

Bougainvillea Barbara Karst is a rich magenta flowered vine. Actually the flowers are small and white and it is the bracts that are magenta. Bougainvillea Barbara Karst is a fast growing vine once it gets its roots established. This may take a while. The roots of Bougainvillea plants are tender and easily damaged when planted. Bougainvillea Barbara Karst is frost tender early on but once the canes turn to trunks this can be a very hardy vine. I had a Bougainvillea Barbara Karst growing on the tile roof of a veranda. This worked quite well for years until a wind event brought it crashing down. Even after I cut it back severely there was no recovery, tender roots. I had a different plant in a canyon just yards from the coast, but it was in a cold spot. During a super frost a nearby max min thermometer read 8°F. It took 3 months but it came back. Younger Bougainvillea Barbara Karst plants are tender at 28-30°F. Plants have survived on no additional water with their trunk wider than the planter so you couldn't give them any. They have hung out on south facing walls with not a care. Bougainvillea Barbara Karst can swallow a small house or garage. If you prune them back to keep them tame they may never bloom. Grow in full sun, the more sun the better. Make sure there is drainage. Don't plant Bougainvillea if you are a neat freak all of the debris will make you nuts. But when put in the right place it is hard to find a plant better than Bougainvillea Barbara Karst to give you outrageous amounts of color almost all year long.

Bougainvillea Barbara Karst

Flowers and foliage of Bougainvillea Barbara Karst. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.