Bougainvillea are tropical vines beloved for their flowers, but Burgundy Queen bougainvillea provides additional interest with its foliage, which changes color over the season. Of course, it also offers a beautiful bloom in vivid red.
Common name: Bougainvillea Burgundy Queen
Botanical name: Bougainvillea ‘Monhar’
Exposure: Full sun
Flowers: Tiny blossoms with larger, showy bracts line the vine throughout summer (and sporadically in other seasons where hardy). The bract color is bright deep red.
Foliage: New leaves appear a wine-red color, then fade through bronze to medium green.
Habit: Burgundy Queen bougainvillea is an evergreen vine that can reach 20 to 30 feet where it is hardy. In colder regions, it is treated as an annual for containers.
How to grow it: Plant in full sun and average, well-drained soil. Once established, bougainvillea can tolerate periods of drought. It may require more water in very hot weather or if it is grown in a container. Where it's hardy, use it to cover a fence, arbor or pergola. Elsewhere, use it as a trailer or with a support in a large pot, alone or with companions. USDA Zones 10–11.
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