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Bougainvillea glabra



Not native to Florida


This popular landscape plant is native to South America and is also introduced to Texas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Bougainvillea is a sprawling vine that lends itself to pruning into many shapes. The small flowers are yellow-white waxy tubes surrounded by showy colorful papery bracts which give this plant its common name. The species B. glabra has violet bracts and leaves with smooth undersides. There are many horticultural hybrids with bracts of various colors.
You can find out more about bougainvilleas at the Floridata website.
The genus is named for Louis Antoine de Bougainville a French admiral and explorer of the late 18th century.

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Bougainvillea glabra is a member of the Nyctaginaceae - Four o'clock family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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Aug 29, 2017

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