General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Other: it is in truth the flower bracts which are showy in vibrant colors
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Dwarf Bougainvillea
  • Paper Flower
  • Lesser Bougainvillea
  • Bougainvillea
Also sold as:
  • Temple Fire
  • Tom Thumb

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Date: 2018-08-28
Location: South Florida
Date: 2012-07-19
Dwarf bougainvillea
  • Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jun 20, 2014 11:21 AM concerning plant:
    Although this plant is a dwarf, do not let it get ahead of you as it will try to revert to tall (not as tall as normal bougs but tall). I have 8-10 of these, and when they miss their haircuts, they put on some height (4 to 7 feet). They also tend to throw the occasional long switch that needs to be cut out.
  • Posted by MamaIve12 (Florida - Zone 10b) on Jul 24, 2012 2:16 PM concerning plant:
    I got this on member's day at Flamingo Gardens. It is a dwarf bougainvillea, I believe a Helen Johnson, but I'm not sure. It is pretty much a maintenance-free, sun-loving plant, and it blooms constantly.

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