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Wednesday - July 06, 2011

From: Beaufort, SC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Non-Natives, Shrubs
Title: Non-native bougainvillea in Beaufort SC
Answered by: Barbara Medford


Bougainvillea-Can I grow these in Beaufort SC?


Bougainvillea is native to South America, from the Brazilian coasts west to Peru. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to the growth, propagation and protection of plants native not only to North America but to the areas in which those plants grow natively. We could find no indication of what USDA Hardiness Zone they are hardy to (Beaufort Co. is in Zone 8a), but apparently they can be grown in the Southeast with care. Here is an article from Texas A&M Horticulture Aggie Horticulture on Growing Bougainvilleas.


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