Bougainvillea 'Raspberry Ice'

Bougainvillea brasiliensis

Family: Nyctaginaceae (nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bougainvillea (boo-gan-VIL-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: brasiliensis (bra-sill-ee-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Raspberry Ice
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Good Fall Color


Foliage Color:




36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Bessemer, Alabama

Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Anaheim, California

Elk Grove, California

Lake San Marcos, California

Mission Viejo, California

San Anselmo, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

San Pablo, California

Valley Center, California

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Indialantic, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

New Iberia, Louisiana

Scott, Louisiana

Las Vegas, Nevada (2 reports)

Beaufort, North Carolina

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Broaddus, Texas

Harlingen, Texas

Ozona, Texas

Pflugerville, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 23, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

I grew 'Raspberry Ice' sucessfully as patio plant in summer and house plant in winter in my plant window in New Jersey. It turned into a huge gorgeous monster for me. Stunning plant. Very showy.


On Dec 22, 2012, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

'Raspberry Ice' is like two different plants depending on whether you grow it in ground or in a pot. In a pot here in the bay area,it languishes,is easy prey to frost and or rot in the winter. Now,in the ground? It can thrive. As you can see its perfect for a hot sunny raised bed.
Don't judge Raspberry Ice on its potted life. Put them in ground and they can thrive.


On May 14, 2009, Ginger_Lily_75 from Indialantic, FL wrote:

Gorgeous shrub and climber. I have five of these in various locations on my property and have just moved a very large specimen from to a much harsher environment in the front yard. New area is very salt-spray laden environment...


On Dec 27, 2008, zlezena from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

This plant does well in the summer months though does not live through our insanely cold winters.

GREAT plant, fast growth and extremely hardy!


On Dec 7, 2008, kayec from Mandeville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I brought these Rapsberry Ice plants in for 4 weeks during 2 hurricanes resulting in all leaves dropping off. I drastically cut them back and hung them back outside. It is now December and they are putting out a tremendous display of PINK leaves and everywhere there is a leaf, there aere 6-10 bracts ready to burst into bloom. I will, of course, move them into my little greenhouse as soon as frost is expected. They have recovered beautifully. I"m in New Orleans *(Zone 8b)


On Mar 9, 2008, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I adore this bougainvillea. The color combination is vivid and startling. It makes a wonderful container grown plant here in Ohio. I overwinter it down in my basement with 160 watts of fluorescents. Temps are in the low 60's. I water very lightly. The photo I have posted is the March 8th bloom.

"Raspberry Ice", to me, is a stunner. :)


On May 31, 2007, babynuts43 from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I just purchased two of these plants and put them in the ground yesterday. While I was familiar with bougainvillea, I had never seen the variegated variety before but once I saw it at my favorite garden center, I knew this was what I had been searching for to put in the corner by the fountain. I am hoping they will thrive as I have been told they would here. My only complaint is that although I was fully aware of the thorns (have bougainvillea in hanging pots every year), I never had the pleasure of tying one to a trellis...needless to say, I have multiple scratches and more than a few splinters! What I can't figure out is why they are all so sore (feels like cat scratches...swelling and red). Either I have an allergy to them or they contain something that causes this effect as a mat... read more


On Mar 26, 2007, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, Lake Sam Rayburn, Southeast, TX

I have Bougainvillea "Rasberry Ice" in 5 gal. pot. Left it outside during winter of 2006. Also, I have "Orange King"

Its March 25, 2oo7 and no new gowth is visiable. May have lost both beautiful plants to 20 deg. weather during winter of 2006.

Just learned today that they are very frost tender. duh!!


On Apr 26, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have had mine for about six years now. I started it as a cutting which I made in Key West. It has taken a good three years for the plant to get accustomed to the moisture in my area vs the dryness of Key West. Since the hurricanes of "04" I have had to stake all my bougainvillea with metal tubing. This variety with it's multi colored foliage and rich majenta color is very showy. The plant can easily be trained to grow as you want it to grow. In early spring new branches can be tied and trained to grow straight up. If you want a taller bush, or you can just leave them alone, then they will bend over to form a more bushy plant. Mine is almost eight feet tall. I often find butterflies resting in the shade on it's branches.


On Nov 1, 2004, PvillePlanter from Pflugerville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have done much better with this Bougainvillea planted in ground rather than potted. The first couple of years we cut it back to ground level and mulched heavily over the roots for winter. Now we cut it back by about 50% each winter and still mulch the roots heavily. We are training it as a climber against the fence but because it branches and blooms so profusely, several branches still grow forward and arch toward the ground or the bed in front of it. Bracts are a beautiful electric fushia color. Thorns are fairly sparcely spaced but the are large and quite sharp! Soil pH is about 6.5 and bed is slightly raised. About half of the plant is in sun and the other half in part shade. At full size each year it is about 10 feet tall and spreads about 15 feet. The half in full sun begi... read more


On Nov 19, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bougainvilleas are very frost-tender, even here in zone 9 coastal Nor. Cal. (grow them in sheltered, south wall, sunny locations), but when established there is nothing more spectacular in full bloom. Also known as "Hawaii", despite the name it is one of the hardiest species. New leaves tinged red. Good hanging basket plant, nice sub-shrub. Plant away from paths, thorns are wicked on bougainvilleas -- in S. America they use them in place of barbed wire fences! Respond well to pruning as they bloom on new wood.