Look! The Mother of all Bougainvilleas

Look! The Mother of all Bougainvilleas

Stephanie Kinnear
Jul 17, 2007

Holy Bougainvillea! That's what we thought when we saw this amazing testament to the power of xeriscaping along one of Berkeley, Ca.'s fabulous Bicycle Boulevards.

We generally love bougainvilleas — they're so bright and romantic — but this one in particular blew our minds.

Bougainvilleas are very popular in California, and for good reason: We don't get a lot of rain here, and they are extremely drought tolerant.

Landscaping with native plants that need little to no supplemental watering (a main tenet of xeriscaping) is a good way to conserve precious H20.

Bougainvilleas, for instance, actually flourish in hot, dry climates. Oh, and they're pretty good looking, too.

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