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May 8, 2016 3:14 PM CST
I have a Bengal orange Bougainvillea and I am wondering if this is a perennial or an annual? I live in Georgia and was wondering if I need to dig this out and bring inside for the winter or if I can leave it any maybe cover it or something. Any feedback would be appreciated.
Name: Dave
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May 8, 2016 3:32 PM CST
You can check in the plant database
Name: Dave
Southern wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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May 8, 2016 3:35 PM CST
Bougainvillea 'Bengal Orange'

Says it is a perennial
Name: Jay
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May 8, 2016 3:42 PM CST
It say it is perennial but the minimum hardiness is zone 10 so it would most likely not survive outside in Georgia.

Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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May 8, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Hello and welcome to NGA!! Welcome! I live in 7b near Rome. My Pop lived in Decatur. We both brought our Bougainvillea and Mandevillas inside the garage for the winter. We cut them back 1/3 and lightly watered them over winter. They come back beautifully in the Spring but his rule was to never bring it outside until after Easter. Terri
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May 14, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Hi & welcome! The zone numbers given for plants indicate where they are hardy. A perennial is always a perennial, regardless of where it is taken, but if you don't live within its' hardiness zone, it can't behave perennially at your location. You can find your hardiness zone here:

The info in the link Dave posted indicates your plant is hardy from Zones 10-11. No part of Georgia is in those zones, so you would need to protect your plant from cold winter temps (anything approaching frost.)
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