Pink Pixie paper flower (Bougainvillea glabra 'Pink Pixie') is a member of the Nyctaginaceae family. It is a true dwarf form of the huge tropical vines that are star performers in tropical gardens, and is used to provide a bright splash of color in bonsai gardens. Imported from the Philippines, this sun-loving plant is so unusual because of the short distance between nodes on its stems. This feature results in flowers and leaves packed tightly together—a different look from typical bougainvillea hybrids. The blooms of 'Pink Pixie' come from small, bright pink bracts set amid densely packed, matte, yellow-green leaves. The bracts are modified leaves evolved to lure pollinators to the true flowers: small, white, tubular blooms that attract hummingbirds.
This large, widely branched, upright shrub reaches a height of 2 to 4 feet and a width of 2 to 3 feet in USDA Zones 10 and 11. It grows best in full sun and well-drained soil in relatively dry conditions. Plant with care, because it is sensitive to root disturbance and will not transplant successfully once in the ground. This is the best species for containers, patios, and any small, sunny space.