Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra), commonly called Paper
Flowers, are climbing plants whose brilliant colors are feature of
Mediterranean countries. Colorful papery bracts, usually appear in clusters,
surround tiny flowers. Bougainvilleas are very easy to grow as hedge or in
pots. Plants can be propagated easily by cutting. They need warm weather and
full sunlight to flower. Native of Brazil, this flower is named after a French
navigator Louis A. de Bougainville. Pictures of bougainvilleas in this
page were taken from Thailand and Vietnam in 1999.