Bougainvillea Oo-la-la
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Bougainvillea Oo-la-la

Oo-la-la Bougainvillea, Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Monka', Bougainvillea 'Monka'


A favorite dwarf Bougainvillea variety, Bougainvillea Oo-la-la is an evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of bright magenta red bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Blooming periodically throughout the year in warm winter areas, and from summer to fall elsewhere, the colorful blossoms are borne on stems clad with sharp spines and small, pointed, dark green leaves. This cultivar is ideal for use as a groundcover or for cascading over hanging baskets. This is a great plant for large containers and hillsides.

  • Slow growing, this Bougainvillea grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 6-8 ft. wide (180-240 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun or light shade, in well-drained soils. Bougainvillea tolerates hot, dry locations fairly well, but dislikes constantly wet soils. Good drought tolerance once established, but will look better if watered during dry spells. Water freely in summer and sparingly in the winter. Fertilize every two weeks during the growing season.
  • Excellent choice for mass plantings, as a specimen plant, groundcover for banks, rock gardens, or containers.
  • Deer resistant with a good salt spray tolerance. While it can be grown near the shore, some light protection should be provided.
  • Regular pruning may be required to keep inbounds or shape the plant. Always prune this plant immediately after flowering. Be aware that repetitive pruning may reduce flowering as this plant flowers on new growth. Pinching the tips of new growth will encourage branching.
  • Cuttings 4-6 in. long (10-15 cm), put under mist, will usually root in 4 to 6 weeks.

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers, Shrubs
Plant Family Bougainvillea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 10 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Climbers, Shrubs
Plant Family Bougainvillea
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 6' – 8' (180cm – 240cm)
Spacing 72" – 96" (180cm – 240cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Small Gardens
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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