Bougainvillea: My Experiment with one Plant and Many Colors


Slide pictures to see all different angles of my plant. Planted in May-2020.


Bougainvillea spectabilis is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, or trees. The inflorescence consists of large colourful sepallikebracts which surround three simple waxy flowers. It is native to South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentina. Different authors accept from four to 18 species in the genus.


The vine species grow anywhere from 1 to 12 m (3 to 40 ft.) tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season. The leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate, 4–13 cm long and 2–6 cm broad. The actual flower of the plant is small and generally white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts with the bright colours associated with the plant, including pink, magenta, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. Bougainvillea glabra is sometimes referred to as "paper flower" because the bracts are thin and papery. The fruit is a narrow five-lobed achene.


I planted this plant on my terrace garden in May, 2020. My aim is to have multiple colored and variety of flowers on one bonsai. I hope to achieve this in two – three years time. There is no grafting done. I just plant all the plants together at stem and hope the stems get submerged.

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