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Bougainvillea is one of the showiest vines you can grow. The large plant practically smothers itself in big clusters of papery bracts. These bracts appear in bold shades of pink, lavender, red, gold, or orange and create a display you can see a block away.
While bougainvillea is tropical, it's usually grown as an annual in cold-winter areas.
Note: Many varieties of bougainvillea bear sharp spines, so take care not to plant these varieties next to doorways or paths.
From 8 to 20 feet
Climbs to 10-40 feet, depending on type
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'Barbara Karst' bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst' is an especially popular variety with large clusters of red bracts all summer and autumn. Climbs to 40 feet. Zones 9-11
'California Gold' bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'California Gold' is one of the best-performing yellow-flowering bougainvillea varieties. It begins blooming at an early age and produces warm yellow bracts on and off through the year. It climbs to 30 feet. Zones 9-10
'Juanita Hatten' bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Juanita Hatten' offers bold fuchsia-pink flowers in summer and green leaves dotted in gold. It climbs to 20 feet. Zones 9-10
'Sundown Orange' bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Sundown Orange' offers bracts that begin deep orange, fade to coral, and mature to salmon pink. It blooms in summer and climbs 20 feet tall. Zones 9-11