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HELEN JOHNSON Dwarf Red Tropical Bougainvillea Plant


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Shipping for Order destinations where temps are below 40 must be delayed.   Orders to Zones 9, 10 and 11 are usually shipped per our normal daily schedule excluding Holidays and periods of extremely cold or wet weather. 

Helen Johnson is hybrid cultivar introduced into the tropical landscape market in the early to mid 1980's and has since become a staple on the top Tropical Landscape Designer's preferred lists, and with good reasons.

The Dwarf Red Helen Johnson is perhaps the best behaved and most maintenance friendly of all the Bougainvillea choices, and with a mature height of little more than 3 feet, even when not well tended, it is well suited for multiple types of applications. It can be mass planted for maximum drama and impact, used as a transition or anchor planting or as a focal point. It has a long bloom cycle and self cleans well.

Flowers (which are actually a form of colored leaf tissue called a bract, literally cover the plant in profuse cycles throughout the warm season, with peak blooming periods in the late Spring and Fall.

Thorns on the new growth are sparse and remain soft and flexible. The growth habit is self branching and dense, and it is highly drought tolerant once well established.


Available Size:  4 Inch Diamter Starter Size Pot

One (1) Starter Size Plant growing and shipped in a 4 inch diameter plastic pot.  Plants will average a minimum of 6 inches tall or taller depending on season and age of the current crop.  Plants are unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.


Botanical Name Bougainvillea glabra Helen Johnson
Common Name Helen Johnson
Plant Family Nyctaginaceae
Mature Size 10 to 12 feet
Bloom Color Scarlet Orange to Rose Red
Bloom Form Bract
Bloom Time Perpetual, Peak Spring and Fall
Zone 9, 10, 11
Fragrance None
Key Features Quick Growth, Showy Color, Drought Tolerant
Suggested Uses Mass Planting, Accent, Hedge, Potted
Grower Notes Semi dwarf growth habit, minimal thorns
Growing and planting tips for Helen Johnson Bougainvillea:
  • Don't be concerned our surprised if your new Bougainvillea drops some leaves during transit or shortly after arrival.  It is an unavoidable temporary, cosmetic issue due to the stress of shipping that quickly self corrects.
  • Handle your new plant carefully, as all Bougainvilleas have a fragile, weak point where the root system joins the central stem.   Cutting the plastic pot away to keep the root ball intact and not tugging on the central stalk is the best way to plant.
  • Plant in loose soil that drains quickly and well. Loosen and amend the planting area with high quality compost as needed. 
  • Excess water being able to drain away quickly and thoroughly is essential to survival and good health.   Bougainvilleas will not survive in dense, tightly compacted or wet soil condions
  • Allow Bougainvilleas to dry between watering. Water needs are minimal. Take care not to over water.
  • Locate in direct full spectrum light.  Bougainvilleas have high light needs, and while the plant will often grow in the shade, it will not flower and over time will become weak and spindled.
  • Feed a good quality slow release bloom boosting (high potassium) fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly thereafter in the early spring and early fall
  • Prune lightly after each bloom cycle to control size and for the earliest rebloom.
  • Protect from frost and freezing.

  • Model: BOUG-RDWF-HEJ-04
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock

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