Bougainvillea ‘La Jolla’

La Jolla Bougainvillea
Plant Type




Overall Mature Size


Mature Height & Spread

4-5' x 5-6'


Full sun


Medium, Low Water

Flower Color


Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Special Features

Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Coastal Conditions, Deer Resistant, Desert Conditions, Hedge, Low Water Use

Container Sizes

#1, #5, #15

Sunset Garden Zones

5, 6, 12-17, 19, 21-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone


Fast-growing tropical evergreen shrub to 4-5′ tall x 5-6′ wide. This compact-growing variety forms a rounded-mound of lush green foliage accented with a spectacular display of showy purplish-red flowers that appear repeatedly throughout the warmer months. Well-suited as an accent or shrub border and is useful as a colorful mass planting to help control soil erosion on slopes and hillsides. Thrives in mild climates but makes an excellent container specimen that can be moved to protected areas in winter in colder climates. Bougainvillea in general does not like root disturbance, the root ball should be left completely undisturbed when planting. Thrives in summer heat in a well-drained soil and once established requires little water. Overwatered plants will tend to have more abundant foliage with less abundant bloom. Allow soil to dry between watering. Flowers attract hummingbirds. Full sun.


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