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Bougainvillea ‘Elizabeth Angus’

Bougainvillea ‘Elizabeth Angus’ is a moderate grower with a full, lush growth habit.  Large, quilted bracts are vivid, neon purple.  Bracts are persistent, which mean that bracts remain attached after they have expired.  This is easily remedied with a light trim or hand-picking, and is very much worth the small effort to showcase such a unique, vibrant shade of purple.  Leaves are large, quilted, dark-green, and glossy.

Characteristics

Elizabeth Angus is best suited for training into bush, small to medium-sized trellis, standards, and hanging baskets.  This cultivar can suffer leaf problems if allowed to remain in wet, humid conditions.  Bougainvillea do not like ‘wet feet’, and this one especially likes to dry out thoroughly between waterings.

Mature Size

6-10’ tall X 4-6’ wide. Can be pruned to stay smaller.

Exposure

Full, direct sun.  A minimum of 5 hours a day.

Water Usage

Low once established.  Water regularly after planting to encourage a deep root system, then reduce to only as needed.  Bougainvillea are drought-tolerant plants and perform beautifully in any xeriscape (Landscaping that doesn’t require a lot of water), or other environmental design minimizing the need for water use.

Fertilize

Use BOUGAIN® Quick Release Bloom Boost every 30 days.

Trimming and Pinching

After each blooming cycle (approximately every 4-6 weeks), trim or pinch the soft tips of young plants stems to encourage new growth. Pinching means removing the growing tip.  This will create multiple offshoots, thicken the plant’s appearance, and yield a more colorful bougainvillea.

Planting or Re-potting

Take care not to disturb the bougainvillea’s delicate root system during planting or re-potting.  Never pull on the stem of the plant as their weak roots can be easily severed.  We highly recommended that you plant bougainvillea in their nursery pots with the bottom of the pot cut out.  Use a quick-drain soil suitable for bougainvillea like BGI Select Soil.

Cold Hardiness

Performs best in hardiness zones 9-11, but can be used as annual color in colder climates.

Color Season

In the Southeastern U.S., Bougainvillea ‘Elizabeth Angus’ flowers year-round if dry conditions exist.  Evergreen.

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