Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’

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    Ships in our standard grower pot which includes drainage holes at the bottom.
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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Includes plug and saucer.

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    12 inches wide. Made with recycled plastic and natural materials. Weather resistant, insulating, frost resistant, chip and crack resistant. Does not include a drainage hole.

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$ 62.00
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Natural Root Stimulant

Natural probiotics, organics, and moisture control gel boost root growth. Invigorates existing plants, reduces transplant shock and accelerates establishment of new plants. This all natural product will not burn roots.

When Transplanting: Apply between new soil and plant so stimulant touches root ball.

For Existing Plants: Apply stimulant 2-3 inches below top of soil.

Use the proper amount for each pot size:
6″ Pot: ½ Pack
8-10″ Pot: 1 Pack
12-14″ pot: 2 Packs

Organic Indoor Soil Mix

Watch your indoor plants flourish with PlantVine’s Organic Indoor Soil. This is our best all-purpose mix for the demanding requirements of indoor potted plants. The perfect combination of quality ingredients provides the ideal amount of water retention, drainage and aeration for a wide variety of interior plants. This is an all natural product containing no artificial fertilizers or chemicals. Each bag contains 128 oz of soil.

6” pot into an 8-10” planter: About 1.5 bags
8-10” pot into a 12-14” planter: About 3 bags

Soluble Fertilizer

Great for indoor and outdoor potted plants, this fertilizer quickly dissolves in water, making fertilizing as quick and simple as possible. Just mix 1 teaspoon (scoop included) with 1 gallon of water, and water as normal. Makes 48 gallons.

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Scientific Name: Bougainvillea glabra ‘Helen Johnson’

Common Names: Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea, Paper Flower

Overview: Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea, a captivating ornamental plant, is cherished for its vibrant, long-lasting pink blooms and compact growth habit. This low-maintenance, evergreen shrub is a delightful addition to small gardens, patios, and balconies, where it brings a touch of tropical flair to any space.

Thriving in USDA zones 9-11, Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea enjoys full sun and well-draining soil, making it a popular choice for coastal regions. Its drought-tolerance and ability to adapt to various soil types add to its appeal. As a versatile landscape plant, Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea can be grown in containers, as a ground cover, or as a decorative espalier. Its vibrant, papery bracts and cascading foliage create an enchanting display, making it a striking focal point for any garden setting.

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The Bougainvillea Glabra ‘Helen Johnson’ (or Paper Flower) is a small cousin to the larger bougainvilleas, but it still delivers the visual punch and easy care tendencies you love in these plants.

Bougainvillea Glabra ‘Helen Johnson’ is native to South America but has found favor with gardeners worldwide due to its mesmerizing aesthetics and relative ease of care. ‘Helen Johnson’ is a semi-dwarf variety, making it more manageable than other Bougainvillea types. The plant features lush, green foliage and is known for its magnificent floral display. It blooms repeatedly throughout the year in warm climates, with peak blooms in spring and summer.

The flowers of ‘Helen Johnson’ are small, white, and tubular, often overlooked because of the stunning surrounding bracts that come in vibrant shades of pink and copper. The color can vary depending on the amount of sunlight the plant receives.

Caring for you Dwarf Bougainvillea

Best kept small,(about 3 ft or less), it is both salt and cold tolerant – it will thrive in less than ideal conditions.

When you plant it in full sun, you’ll be rewarded with an abundance of flowers. The light, papery look of the bracts gives it its name.This plant loves to “take off” and stretch anywhere it can. So, Gardeners…be vigilant and keep it trimmed to your liking.


Bougainvillea Glabra ‘Helen Johnson’ thrives in a location that gets full sun, at least six hours a day. The bright light encourages vibrant and plentiful blooms. While the plant can tolerate partial shade, an optimal display of color may not be achieved without enough sunlight.


When it comes to watering, ‘Helen Johnson’ embodies the typical Bougainvillea preference for a “soak and dry” approach. This means you should water the plant thoroughly and then allow the soil to almost completely dry out before the next watering. The plant’s drought-tolerant nature makes it an excellent choice for warmer climates, as it can withstand periods of dry spells.


The plant prefers well-draining soil and is quite tolerant of different soil types, from slightly acidic to slightly alkaline, as long as there is good drainage. Overly wet conditions can lead to root rot, a serious issue for Bougainvilleas. Therefore, whether planting in the ground or in a pot, ensure the water can freely drain away.


‘Helen Johnson’ generally doesn’t require frequent fertilizing. If desired, during the blooming season, a high-potassium, low-nitrogen fertilizer can be applied to promote vibrant bracts and healthy growth. However, over-fertilizing can lead to an abundance of foliage and fewer blooms, so caution is advised.


Pruning and training are key to maintaining the shape and size of your Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’. Pruning is also a way to stimulate blooming since Bougainvillea flowers on new growth. The best time to prune is in early spring before the onset of the blooming cycle.

‘Helen Johnson’ responds well to training and can be shaped into a bush, standard, or trained to climb trellises or pergolas. For potted plants, a regular trim will keep the plant compact and encourage more branching, which leads to more flowers.

Pests and Diseases

Bougainvillea Glabra ‘Helen Johnson’ is generally pest-resistant but may occasionally face issues with aphids, scale, or mealybugs. If pests are present, treat the plant with a gentle insecticidal soap or neem oil. Overwatering and poor drainage are the common causes of diseases in Bougainvilleas, leading to problems like root rot. Keeping a proper watering schedule and ensuring good drainage can prevent these issues.

Additional information


10a, 10b, 11a, 11b

Sun Exposure

Full Sun

Mature Height

18 in – 24 in


2 ft – 3 ft

14 reviews for Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’

  1. Raymond (verified owner)

    everything was great – customer service and plants. thanks!

  2. Anonymous (verified owner)

    Nice size

  3. Adrianne Be (verified owner)

    I ordered two plants. Side by sauce they look like night and day.
    I know they will bounce back after shipping, but one came without any foliage, and it is about 5 inches smaller than the other one.
    It seams that I got plants from different price ranges.

  4. kenneth (verified owner)

    Got our Helen Johnson Bougainvillea mid May, now July 2nd, I would love to attach a photo, because the plant is coming alive! Bracts just starting to show hot pink, so much potential to come. Love the progress…

  5. Flynn OHagan (verified owner)

  6. Lynn Downs (verified owner)

    Came in excellent condition

  7. Angela German (verified owner)

    My bouginvillea glabra is doing beatiful
    Full of flwers

  8. Candace Gray (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy plant.
    Shipping was quick.
    But, found the same dwarf bougainvillea at a local nursery for half the price.

  9. Thomas M. (verified owner)

    Very impressed with the plants and packaging. They arrived in a condition that surpassed my expectations!

  10. Martha A. (verified owner)

    I love my plant! Thank you. Excellent service 🙂

  11. Laurie S. (verified owner)

    Plants look great! Great communication and customer service as well!

  12. Dawn Hanson (verified owner)

    Several of the branches were broken. One of them was a bigger main branch. I figured it was thrown around in shipping–but maybe if you used air packs or bubble wrap, the plant would not of come looking so mangled.

  13. Teresa (verified owner)

    This was my second order, and the plants arrived in excellent condition.

  14. Teresa (verified owner)

    My plants are in the process of recovering from shipping shock, but they seem to be nice quality. Customer service is excellent.

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Why others chose the Dwarf Pink Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’

Beautiful low growing ground cover bougainvellea that blooms continuously throughout the year. Adding to an existing bed that has been in place for over 15 years!