Bougainvillea White Stripe

One of the most elegant bougainvilleas, featuring clusters of clear white flower-like bracts against pleasing green and white variegated foliage. The strong vine-like habit provides quick cover and a beautiful show throughout the warm season. Evergreen in frost-free areas; use as a summer annual in cooler northern zones.

Bougainvillea White Stripe, Also Called Coconut Ice

This variety of bougainvillea is compact and perfect for small, sunny spaces, with beautiful white flower-like bracts offset by variegated foliage, making it great for shrub beds or patio containers and hanging baskets, providing superb warm-season color.

Best Time and Location to Plant Bougainvillea

The best time to plant bougainvillea is in early summer, selecting an area in full sun and ensuring the root area also receives full sun, although in hot inland valleys, it can grow well in light shade.

Container potting mix tip: It’s worth the investment to choose a premium container potting mix with a loose texture and organic-based ingredients.

Bougainvillea’s Shallow Root System and Support Requirements

Bougainvillea has a shallow root system of no more than 10 to 12 inches with a slightly longer taproot, which means it needs pruning down to a small size to keep it upright on its own

Bougainvillea Is Calling All Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Bougainvillea is loved by hummingbirds and butterflies because it enlarges the buds next to the petals and dyes them into a beautiful white color, making it a place frequently visited by bees and butterflies and resolving its problem of reproduction.

Out of Gardening Space? No Problem

Bougainvillea usually produces three rounds of vibrant blooms in spring, summer, and autumn, and if there’s no growing space or a suitable climate, it can be planted in a pot.

A Tropical That Withstands A Lot

Bougainvillea is a relatively hardy plant, able to withstand a range of temperatures, from tropical highs of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and above, all the way down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest temperature it can tolerate.


Light: Full sun
Watering: Water deeply when soil is dry.
Blooms: Summer; longer in frost-free areas.
Mature size: Vigorous stems quickly climb 5 to 10 ft. with support.
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Special Features: Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Growth Rate: Fast
Flower Attributes: Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use: Barrier, Container, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Ground Cover
Flower Color: White
Foliage Color: Variegated
Companion Plants: Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Jatropha (Jatropha); Princess Flower (Tibouchina); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum)

Provide average to lean, fast-draining soil. USE CAUTION not to damage roots when planting. Water deeply, and regularly in the first growing season to establish a root system. Reduce frequency, once established; water container plants regularly, when the top 3 in. of soil are dry. Provide support such as a trellis or arbor. Apply fertilizer in spring. 

Plant Habit: Vine/Ground Cover
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 5-10 feet
Leaves: Evergreen Variegated
Flowers: Showy
Other: It is in truth the flower bracts that are showy in vibrant colors
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower, Accent Vine/Ground Cover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods:
Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3-gallon or larger Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines- small

Hardy from zone 11