Bougainvillea is a member of the
Nyctaginaceae Family. It
is a large cascading shrub or thorny vine that can
height, but is more typically 10-12 feet tall. It has shiny, green,
elliptical leaves which grow to 4 inches in length.
The plant is used in landscaping throughout Phoenix.
Bougainvillea is not native to
Arizona, it originated in the tropical forests and scrublands of
Brazil. It is also commonly called "Paper Flower".
Bougainvillea blooms once or twice a year and
produces bright, reddish-pink
petal-like bracts (modified leaves) surrounding the flower. The
actual flowers are quite small, tubular and white in color.