Paper Flower, Bougainvillea glabra

The Paper Flower (Bougainvillea glabra), is the most common species used for bonsai.A Brazilian native, it features glossy green leaves with fine hairs and fuchsia colored stalks. It is an evergreen climbing vine whose trunk is typically twisted amid narrow stems with deep green foliage and prickly thorns. Clusters of small white flowers bloom among vividly colored paper like bracts. It is from these bracts that the name “paper flower” is derived.

Paper Flowers are versatile and decorative thereby perfect for bonsai. It can be grown as hedge or a tree or shaped into an arch and will thrive whether planted in the earth or in a pot. This plant is typically grown from cuttings kept in a shady place planted in a cool dark place until roots are formed. The shoots can be replanted once the desired length is reached. This plant thrives best in dry conditions and requires full sunlight and well drained soil for the most prolific blooms.

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