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Plantidote of the Day 2011-06-23

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bougainvillea

Summer here in Zone 10 belongs to bougainvilleas. They are one of the few plants that bloom all summer in the dry heat. Plus, they're incredibly beautiful, even when attempting to take over an entire house.

Bougainvilleas are available in practically every color imaginable, except blue and black. They can be used as a privacy screen, an anchor on a hillside or turned into a bonsai.

Bougainvillea is best suited to a tropical climate, but new varieties make it possible to grow them in Zones 5 and 6, although they will need protection from the elements for at least the first year or two. Just be sure to choose a permanent spot for your plant, so it does not need to be moved. Bougainvilleas are hardy plants, but they do not like having their roots disturbed. In fact, if you want to get rid of one of these plants, moving it is an excellent way to do that!

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