Monday, December 16, 2013

Dwarf Red Bougainvillea 'Temple Fire'

Bougainvillea 'Temple Fire' with Antignon 'Coral Creeper'
  "You little beauty" is all you can say about this plant. Only growing to about a metre it seems to be always in flower and needs minimal trimming ,water or fertilizer. It is a good "Boug" to grow in a planter box under the eaves of a dwelling, in full hot western sun or on a balcony where rain can't reach. Overall however growth can be slow to reach that maximum spread and very few Nurseries offer mature plants in a large size pot ,but it is worth the wait if planting a small one. I am combining the 'Temple Fire' with the climber Coral Creeper or Chain of Hearts (Antignon leptopus) which sends off long shoots which are amenable to being draped over other plants as flowers on it appear at the tips over summer.  More cultural notes can be found on this website:
Dwarf Red Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea 'Temple Fire') (Department of Natural Resources and Mines)

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