Bougainvillea Thai Delight

Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea is so artistically colored that it looks like a pastel watercolor painting. Each flower is uniquely colored with splashes of pink and plum hues against a background of white for a color combination that you have to see to believe! Other types of bougainvillea are all the rage for their brilliant solid-color blooms, but this multi-colored cultivar surpasses them all. And because Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea continuously produces flowers all along the stems ‘– not just at the tips of the stems ‘– you’ll enjoy a massive explosion of color all season long!

A Watercolor Masterpiece

Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea is a stunning plant with pastel-colored flowers that appear like a watercolor painting. While other types of bougainvillea are well-known for their solid-color blooms, this multi-colored cultivar takes the beauty to a whole new level with splashes of pink and plum hues against a white background.

A Quick History of Bougainvillea

But did you know that the bougainvillea plant has a fascinating history? It was first discovered in Brazil by French navigator Louis Antoine de Bougainville in the late 18th century. Bougainvillea was later introduced to Europe and eventually found its way to Southeast Asia, where it thrived and became a popular plant in tropical gardens.

A Modestly Quicker Grower

Today, Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea continues to impress with its continuous blooms that appear all along the stems, creating a massive explosion of color all season long. This moderately fast-growing plant is a flowering machine, producing creamy white blooms that mature into a blushing pink.

Keep Away From Frost

To care for your Imperial Thai Delight Bougainvillea, it is best to plant it in a large container with regular water and fertilizer. If you have an established plant in the soil, it only needs to be watered if it hasn’t rained for a couple of weeks. While bougainvillea is a climbing plant, it cannot climb without stems being tied or attached to a support. If you want to overwinter a container plant, simply cut it back to 24 inches and bring the pot inside the house. Place it near an east, south or west facing window, keeping it a couple of feet away from the window and avoid placing it near any heating registers. Allow the soil to dry between waterings and refrain from giving it any fertilizer while inside as this is not the time for flowering.

Plant Habit: Shrub/Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Water Preferences: Moderate watering, but prefers well-drained soil
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0 to 7.0)
Flower Color: Creamy white with pink blush

Bloom Size: Small, inconspicuous flowers surrounded by large, colorful bracts
Flower Time: Spring through fall, with sporadic blooms year-round in tropical regions
Plant Height: 8-10 feet (2.4-3 meters) if trained as a vine; 4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters) if grown as a shrub
Plant Spread: 4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters) if grown as a shrub
Leaves: Small, dark green, ovate leaves with pointed tips
Flowers: Showy bracts in shades of pink and magenta, with white or cream accents
Other: Thai Delight is a cultivar of bougainvillea that originated in Thailand. It is a moderately fast grower and can be trained as a vine or grown as a shrub. The plant is relatively easy to care for and can be propagated from cuttings. It is tolerant of heat and drought but is sensitive to frost and cold temperatures.

Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone:
Zone 11