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Shrub- Bougainvillea 'Rosenka'

Bougainvillea 'Rosenka'
Common Name:  Bougainvillea 'Rosenka'

Botanical Name: Bougainvillea

Family: Nyctaginaceae

Description: Evergreen shrub; native to tropical and subtropical S. America

Sun: Full sun

Water: Low water in summer through fall; may require slightly more water in spring

Soil: Any well-draining

Habit and form: Low growing shrub, spreading habit. Can reach 3-4 feet tall by 4-6 feet wide, but can trim to lower if desired

Flower type: Bracts, not flowers, provide color

Flower color & bloom season: Bracts turn from gold to pink as they mature.  Color is peak in summer, but may last from spring through fall

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers: None

Pruning time & method: Pruning should be done during the growing season, spring through fall.

Maintenance tips: Are sensitive to prolonged cold periods but will regrow when temperatures rise. Fertilize in early spring and again in early summer when plant is actively growing. Without pruning, will spread and become taller and shrubby. Do not disturb roots – root ball is loosely held together. Bougainvilleas do not transplant well.


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