Bougainvillea with two white flowers and red purplish bracts
bougainvillea
Bougainvillea

One of the most popular tropical vines in Colombia, that can be kept in shrub or tree form due to the tropical climate. Bougainvilleas are more common on the coast than the interior.The flowers are inconspicuous. Many vibrant colors are available in Colombia. Bougainvillea grows vigorously, needs no supplemental water, and with its thorns can provide added protection and beautification for walls. Many Colombians have walls surrounding their side and back property and use multi-colored, broken bottles cemented to the top of the wall as added protection. It is very ugly and can easily be breached by breaking the glass off the portion of the wall you want to scale. Like most things in Colombia, walls are rarely maintained. It would be much better to hide the broken glass and dirty walls with Bougainvilleas or other vines for added security and beauty. Having this vine growing on top of the roof would also provide added protection and beautification. Many houses are robbed via the roof where tile or shingles are easily lifted to allow access inside. Again, most Colombians don´t maintain anything, so roofs lose their color quickly and turn dreary. This vine can provide color and a couple of feet of layered protection. It is a simple and inexpensive improvement, yet rarely done in Colombia where security is a concern, but beautifying your surroundings is not. Photographed in the department of Atlántico and Quindio.

A Bougainvillea with white flowers and bracts
Beautiful purple bracts and on white bougainvillea flower
Bright red Bougainvillea bracts with white flower in sunlight
A cluster of bright pink bougainvillea bracts
White bracts with a hint of pink and yellow flowers
A cluster Bougainvillea purple bracts with yellow flowers
Two white Bougainvillea flowers and pink bracts
White Bougainvillea flowers with dark red bracts
A cluster of white and pink Bougainvillea bracts
Bougainvillea shrub whith beautiful red bracts on the tip of the branch reaching towards the blue sky
Two white flowers surrounded by three white bracts
A white Bougainvillea flower with bright pink bracts
Purple Bougainvillea and five white flowers
Three white Bougainvillea flowers with red purplish bracts
White bracts with yellow green flowers
Four white Bougainvillea flowers and bright red bracts
A white, green and yellow Bougainvillea flower with white bracts
A cluster of red-pink Bougainvillea bracts
A cluster of reddish purple Bougainvillea bracts
Orange bracts Bougainvillea under a blue sky
A cluster of Bougainvillea with white bracts
Two white flower and dark pink bracts
A circle cluster of purple-pink bracts
Pretty girl standing in front of a bougainvillea bush with white and pink bracts
Variegated Bougainvillea with pink bracts and white flowers
Clusters of pink and white Bougainvillea bracts
White Bougainvillea flowers with pink bracts in sunlight
A white Bougainvillea flower surround by three red bracts which is surrounded by variegated leaves in sunlight
Branches of red bougainvillea branches
White flower Bougainvillea with white bracts
Branches of red Bougainvillea bracts under a blue sky
Golden yellow Bougainvillea bracts
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