Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
A low, mounded spreading form, presenting masses of raspberry-pink blooms, over exciting variegated foliage; excellent as a colorful shrub or groundcover; great for patio containers and hanging baskets; best color in full sun
Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea is clothed in stunning fuchsia round flowers held atop the branches from late spring to mid fall. Its attractive glossy pointy leaves emerge buttery yellow in spring, turning dark green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of grayish green the rest of the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea is a multi-stemmed annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.