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PlantFiles: Paper Flower, Lesser Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra 'Helen Johnson'

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bougainvillea (boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: glabra (GLAY-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Helen Johnson
Hybridized by Hines Horticulture

Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop On Nov 9, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I would give Bougainvillea, Dwarf Bougainvillea 'Helen Johnson' (Bougainvillea glabra) a better than positive rating if I could. I have had mine for over 2 years. It is a prolific bloomer that is very seldom without colorful bracts all season. I love the fact that it does not have large, sharp, skin piercing thorns and does not require pruning. I recommend this plant for anyone wanting a bougainvillea that does not need to be controlled. Because its root system is small, it is great in a container, requires little water and is easily moved into shelter during freezes.due to its small size. Two thumbs up for 'Helen Johnson'.

Positive Jode On Jul 23, 2007, Jode from Rowlett, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Notes from the grower: Tropical evergreen with true dwarf form. Showy hot pink bracts. Prefers full sun. Low maintenance variety.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Fort Myers, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Saint Louis, Missouri
Broaddus, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Groves, Texas
Port Bolivar, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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