Bougainvillea ‘Violet de Mèze’


Bougainvillea ‘Violet de Mèze’ is a vibrant and captivating tropical vine, prized for its profusion of stunning violet-purple flowers and lush green foliage. ‘Violet de Mèze’ thrives in warm and sunny climates, preferring well-draining soil and occasional deep watering. It is drought-tolerant once established, making it a popular choice for arid regions and Mediterranean-style landscapes.

This versatile and fast-growing vine can be trained to climb walls, trellises, or pergolas, adding a touch of exotic beauty and a burst of colour. With its show-stopping floral display and relatively low-maintenance care requirements, Bougainvillea ‘Violet de Mèze’ remains a cherished and admired tropical plant, enchanting gardeners with its alluring and vivacious presence.

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Origin: South America
Genus: Bougainvillea
Species / Cultivar: 'Violet de Mèze'
Common Name: Bougainvillea

Plant Biography

The history of Bougainvillea plants traces back to their discovery in the 18th century by French navigator Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his expedition to South America. These tropical beauties were named in his honour.

Originally from Brazil, they quickly spread to other parts of the world due to their vibrant and showy blooms. Bougainvilleas became popular ornamental plants, particularly in warm climates, for their ability to thrive in hot and dry conditions. Over time, horticulturists and botanists developed various cultivars, enhancing their colours and forms. Today, Bougainvilleas remain beloved and cherished, adorning gardens, landscapes, and buildings with their stunning and vivacious floral displays.

This hybrid variety of Bougainvillea is believed to have originated in Mèze, a charming town in southern France. The plant’s history and development are not extensively documented, but it likely resulted from selective breeding to enhance its unique colour and appearance.

Bougainvillea ‘Violet de Mèze’
Light: Direct
This plant likes as much sun as possible. Best placed in direct sunlight in a bright window.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 4-8m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.5-2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Will need protection from frosts in order to survive winter, eg. with fleece jacket.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Bougainvillea need full sun to grow well and bloom profusely.

While we do not recommend putting this plant permanently outdoors in the British climate, it is known to be one of the hardiest varieties of Bougainvillea, reportedly coping with temperatures down to -8°C. Therefore, it is definitely worth experimenting with in the most sheltered of gardens and in unheated conservatories and greenhouses.

It can also be grown in a large pot and moved undercover during the coldest periods. Use a well-draining, somewhat-acidic soil and water them thoroughly when the top couple of centimetres of soil feel dry, but avoid overwatering. Fertilize every 4-6 weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertiliser. Prune lightly to shape and remove dead flowers for continuous blooming.


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