Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Bougainvillea

Specie: B. spectabilis


English Name:


Common Name:

Paper Flower

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Nyctaginaceae

Name in English: The Four O'Clock Family

The Plant

Origin: native to South America from Brazil west to Peru and south to southern Argentinat

Growth Habit: thorny, woody vines growing anywhere from 1 to 12 meters tall, scrambling over other plants with their spiky thorns. The thorns are tipped with a black, waxy substance. They are evergreen where rainfall occurs all year, or deciduous if there is a dry season.

Flower:small and white, each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by three or six bracts t

Blooming Period: spring/summer

Leaf: leaves are alternate, simple ovate-acuminate


ornamental plant

Care and Handling

Soil: multipurpose potting soi

Amount of water: drench the soil and let it become moderately dry between waterings.

Nutrition: feed weekly with a water soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize in the winter. An alternative is a granular slow release fertilizer if applied annually in the early spring

Special handling:

Special feature/remarks:

In the landscape, it makes an excellent hot season plant, and its drought tolerance makes bougainvillea ideal for warm climates year-round. Bougainvillea has a high salt tolerance, which makes it a natural choice for color on coastal regions