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Bougainvillea Clifton Carnival

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Bougainvillea Clifton Carnival is synonymous with Poulton’s Special. William Poulton was a horticulturist who is remembered for his pioneering work in the hybridisation of Bougainvilleas and worked with Dr Killie Campbell in Durban, Africa. Clifton Carnival is a moderate grower, medium-sized and compact. The dark green leaves are broad, thick and glossy, with slightly wavy margins. The new leaf growth is reddish in colour and minutely downy in texture. The new buds are darker pink, developing into large, broad rich rosy-magenta coloured bracts.

Bougainvillea are long flowering and can be adapted for a wide variety of landscaping uses. Some of these uses include topiary, hedging, hanging baskets, arbours and arches. Today’s Bougainvillea have a great range in growth habit and height. There are dwarf varieties that grow to only a metre, compact medium growers and some such as White Cascade that offer a beautiful cascading habit. Bougainvillea prefer a well drained soil and sunny position. The range of colours offers limitless combinations and a palette to choose from that would satisfy any landscape design.

 Quick Facts: 

  • Drought resistant 
  • Tough plant once established
  • Can create a fantastic colourful display
  • Medium grower
  • Slightly wavy leaves
  • large rosy-magenta bracts (new buds are darker)

How far apart should I space my plants ?

Hedging plants - space at 2.5m, otherwise, 4m apart.


Please note: At this small size, Bougainvillea have delicate roots and should be handled with care. DO NOT tease or disturb roots but rather water the tube well, gently invert and tap tube on the side of a hard surface so it slides out. Our recommendation is to plant our beautifully-grown Bougainvillea into a larger pots rather than directly into the ground.

We carefully package your plants into a customised box to ensure safe transport, healthy plants and delivery to your door.



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