Thursday, May 17, 2012

Bougainvillea x 'Zulu'

So now we are experiencing the driest May in 100 years though there is still so much soil moisture when you dig the ground it is not really noticeable. One plant which responds to dry weather by flowering its head off is this Bougainvillea. This miniature variety makes a great container plant as it forms a neat though sparse shrub, has no thorns and requires no special care. It can live in a pot for years without needing re-potting and can be bonsai pruned if you want to give it a tree like appearance. This variety is not covered by plant breeders rights PBR and can be propagated by cuttings in summer. In the open ground it can be used to form a low hedge and is useful in exposed situations such as embankments where the soil is rocky and well drained.

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