This is the queen of large flowering shrubs, a fabulous plant that can be grown as a viney shrub or a shrubby vine - or even as a stunning tree. In all cases, the flower show is spectacular. Available in a rainbow of color choices - red, pink, purple, white, orange, yellow, and many shades in between - this is one of the best Florida shrubs for year round color...especially in winter, when less things are generally in bloom.
Yes it has thorns. And they can be vicious. But choosing the right area for planting - and wearing protective clothing and gloves when you handle this plant makes all the difference. The colorful part is actually made up of flower bracts. The bloom itself is the tiny white blossom in the center of the brilliantly colored bracts. There are cultivars with variegated leaves, providing even more color interest even when the plant isn't blooming.
To be its beautiful best, this plant needs sun. Lots of sun. All day sun. Can't stress this enough. If you have less than full sun where you want to plant, you'll end up with a big, thorny plant that won't flower much. This plant is a fast grower you can keep somewhere between 6 and 10 feet tall and wide. The plant can grow 20 feet, in case you want to let it grow huge. Bougies are drought-tolerant plants once established, and are moderately salt-tolerant as well.