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Bougainvillea ‘Miss Alice’™

Bougainvillea ‘Miss Alice’™ may have many names (Singapore White, Moonlight, Mauna Kea White), but few can match her beauty.  She’s a giant-bract, semi-dwarf, semi-thornless variety due to her compact, slow-growing habit, and low thorn count.  Her heavy flowering pattern of pure white bracts can be enjoyed year-round if dry conditions exist, and can be maintained to stay bushy and low to the ground.  Bright white bracts grow in large clusters and are very large, long, and elliptic.  Leaves are medium to dark green, long, and tapering to a point.

Characteristics

Miss Alice™ is sister to ‘Silhouette’, this slow grower is perfectly suited for use as bougainvillea groundcover with the full maturity height of only about 3 feet.  This variety is more tolerant of rains and high humidity, thus is sometimes able to flower prolifically during South Florida’s wet summer.

Mature Size

2-3’ tall and 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 ‘Miss Alice’™ flowers year-round if dry conditions exist.  Evergreen.

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