Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’

(Barbara Karst Bougainvillea)

By October 9, 2023
Barbara Karst Bougainvillea vine growing up a wall with magenta and green leaves

About Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’ (Barbara Karst Bougainvillea)

This sun loving vine is called Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’. A landscape favorite for its magenta petal-like bracts with white flowering centers that bloom throughout the summer season and longer in areas without frost. Its evergreen foliage grows rapidly, reaching an average mature landscape size of 20-30′ tall. When supported, it can be grown up a fence, arbor or trellis and when left unsupported, as a ground cover. After its first few growing seasons or when established, this variety is known to be drought tolerant. Native to the eastern side of South America, the ‘Barbara Karst’ is a hybrid of the Bougainvillea peruviana and glabra.

Care And Planting Instructions

Plant Barbara Karst Bougainvillea in an area that receives full sun exposure using well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help it establish quickly, then reduce frequency. However, water more frequently if planted in containers and provide enough support if growing up an arbor or trellis. A general fertilizer can be used in the spring to encourage new growth.

Landscape Design Ideas

The Bougainvillea plant is a favorite for any style landscape. From cottage style to contemporary gardens, this variety is a great choice to add interest to an otherwise bare fence, to climb up pillars or to fill a sunny hillside as a groundcover.

Botanical Name: Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

Common Name: Barbara Karst Bougainvillea

Average Landscape Size: 20-30'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Magenta

Foliage Color: Green

Forms: Vine, Espalier or Shrub

Sizes: 5 Gallon

Special Features: Drought Tolerant, Easy Pruning, Low Maintenance, Showy Spring Flowers, Tolerates Light Frost, Topiary, Waterwise, Year-round Interest,