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PlantFiles: Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea 'Torch Glow'

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bougainvillea (boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Torch Glow
Additional cultivar information: (PP06349; aka Bangkok Red)
Hybridized by Ingwersen/Tomlinson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Vines and Climbers

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive konarikcy On Aug 22, 2011, konarikcy from nicosia
Cyprus wrote:

I have been growing bougainvilleas in my mediterranean garden for many years. I find that they flower best in this region - their flowering patterns are variable. Sometimes you see the most neglected bougainvillea on a roadside, where probably no one has watered or fertilized it and its branches are breaking with coloured bracts. Others that are "looked after" show no signs of flowering. Personally, I have found that in one spot one plant the plant flowers all summer and two metre further along looks miserable and yellow. We have v alkaline soil out here so maybe the latter needs iron.

Positive palmbob On Aug 25, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is rather unique form of Bougainvillea. I have seen/grown lots of Bougainvilleas over the years, some low, creeping forms, some massive aggressive forms... but this is a great plant unlike any of the others I have tried.

First of all, it has no spines, or if it does, they are so rudimentary or twig-like, they are not a problem. You don't need gloves or extra protection to grow this one.

Secondly, it is a dwarf form, not a climbing one, but not a sprawling one, either. Makes a nice, self-supporting bush, that is great for pot culture or growing in the ground. It stays compact in many ways- more leaves per inch, more flowers are colored carpals per inch. And it branches a lot less, tending to grow straight, shooting, upright branches with few offshoots. Mine is growing in a pot and that has doubly dwarfed its growth habit and shape.

Lastly, I am a bit dubious about the hardiness listed above, though perhaps that is a 'survival' hardiness. This bougainvillea is way more cold sensitive than any of the others I have grown, as it completely defoliates in the winters here. In fact, it takes a long time to rebound and doesn't start looking good again until mid summer. I am finding it a very thirsty form compared to others I have growing in a pot, but that maybe a poor pot choice or something else. Someone else reported theirs as being similar in drought hardiness to other varieties. I have seen this commonly sold (though not nearly as commonly as 'regular' forms of bougainvillea) at specialty nurseries, often under the name Bangkok Dwarf Bougainvillea.

Positive SudieGoodman On Mar 27, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Sudie Goodman, Zone 8b, Broaddus in Southeast TX

I have a red bougainvillea as well as an orange one, in pots. They over winter in greenhouse.
I have snail problem. Orange one is blooming this Easter Sunday 2005.
Prune leggy limbs to prevent thorn problem and production of more blooms.
Try it, you'll like it!


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

Florence, Arizona
Goodyear, Arizona (2 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Queen Creek, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Elk Grove, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Safety Harbor, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Summerville, South Carolina
Broaddus, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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