The mere mention of the word Bougainvillea conjures up nasty thorns before beautiful flowers. Many people love the flowers, but not the headache of trying to prune this vine without getting torn up by its vicious thorns. Now there is a solution. The best of both worlds if you will. The Bougainvillea cultivar ‘Pixie’. It is more shrub like than vine, especially if you shape it, and best of all, it is virtually thornless. The pictures below reveal a very versatile and beautiful Bougainvillea. It lends itself very well to containers, either as a standard single trunk form, or as a more conventional shrub. It also can be trained into a very nice bonsai as well if desired. Of course, if you choose to plant it in the ground, it’s excellent there as well. Once again, it can be pruned to any size or shape that you desire without the fear of getting puncture wounds from sharp thorns.
Richard Lyons’ Nursery has this cultivar in many different sizes and bonsai form.