Bougainvillea: Bougainvillea glabra
This magnificent plant with its strikingwas discovered by sailors who brought it back from South America and introduced it to the Mediterranean. A member of the Nyctaginaceaea family, this climbing plant easily reaches a height of 10 m (33 ft). When grown as a container plant it can be trained as a bushy shrub, a standard or against a trellis. The colourful bracts that envelop the small white flowers come in various colours. The plant must be watered regularly during the flowering period. If left dry, the leaves will drop, but water-logging is equally damaging. It must be fertilized every week until the beginning of autumn. By cutting back the long shoots in summer, the development of numerous side-shoots with new buds is encouraged.
During the winter it should be placed in a light room at a temperature of 10-15° C (50-59° F) or in a dark place at a temperature of 5-10° C (41-50° F). It will then drop all its leaves and must be kept dry during this period. Soft tip cuttings and half-ripe cuttings can be taken all year round.