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Products > Bougainvillea 'James Walker'
 
Bougainvillea 'James Walker'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Nyctaginaceae (Four O¹Clock)
Origin: Brazil (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Magenta
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Synonyms: [B. 'Ambience']
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25° F
Bougainvillea 'James Walker' - A vigorous evergreen vine with branches that can reach 30 feet long. It has large medium-green leaves that have wavy margins and very large reddish-magenta long pointed bracts surrounding the larger-than-average white flowers, making the bracts and flowers more prominent than on other Bougainvillea cultivars. The flower bracts on this cultivar start orange then open to an iridescent magenta giving it a bicolored look early in the flowering season, which lasts late spring well into the fall. Plant in full sun where it requires very little irrigation along the coast once established. Hardy to about 20-25 degrees F. This plant is also known by the cultivar name 'Ambiance' and it is considered to be an interspecific hybrid involving two or more of the species Bougainvillea spectabilis, B. glabra and B. peruviana. We have grown this cultivar since 1995. The name for the genus honors the French admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811). Bougainville first visited South American in 1764 on a voyage to settle the Falkland Islands and in 1766 he left on a journey to become the first Frenchman to circumnavigate the globe. On this trip he was accompanied by the botanist Philibert Commerçon, who reportedly named the plant they found 'Bougainvillea' but it was not officially described until 1789 by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu. Jussieu actually misspelled the name as Buginvillea, and this name was not corrected until the 20th century.. Further intrigue regarding this plant's discovery is that it may have actually been discovered by Philibert Commerçon's assistant (and possibly his lover) Jeanne Baré, who he had snuck onboard, disguising her as a man.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Bougainvillea 'James Walker'.
 
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