This flowering plant is loved for its abundant floral display in vivid colours. The actual flowers are tiny and white, but each cluster of three flowers is surrounded by thin papery bracts in bright colours. There exist around 300 varieties of bougainvillea which come in various colours burgundy, pink, purple, red, orange, white, or yellow. It is a long lived plant which flowers seasonally and is deciduous in temperate climates though evergreen in the tropics.
Although it is essentially a thorny, woody vine, it can be grown in any size and shape outdoors; covering a sunny wall, trained as a tree, bush or even a pyramid. In cooler climates it can be grown as an indoor container plant or even an indoor bonsai. We would not see this plant as a good choice for cold, wet and damp areas like Scotland.