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Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Mrs Butt'
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bougainvillea 'Mrs Butt'

'Mrs Butt' is a vigorous evergreen climber to 6m or more, with ovate leaves and large clusters of small white flowers surrounded by showy crimson-magenta bracts 5cm long

Synonyms
Bougainvillea 'Mrs Butt'
Bougainvillea 'Crimson Lake' misapplied
Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Red White Green
Autumn Purple Red White Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Nyctaginaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Bougainvillea are scandent evergreen shrubs, sometimes thorny, with simple ovate leaves and clusters of small tubular flowers each enclosed by 3 showy, brightly coloured ovate bracts

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in full light and water freely in summer and keep just moist in winter. Apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. If container grown can be put outside in summer. Water sparingly in winter. May survive short spells down to 0°C if kept fairly dry

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or softwood cuttings in early spring. Layering can be done in early autumn or spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 12 in early spring/after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse whitefly mealybugs, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free

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