Yes, it is a bougainvillea. The color that is shown in your photograph is the most common variety. In our house, we had two less common colors - an orange variety and a dark maroon. White bougainvillea are also quite common in India. We usually use these as creepers on the gate or the front porch, and the cascading flowers create a beautiful facade to even the most drab exterior of any home.
They are also prickly, being covered with barbs and spikes. I had one but it died when I tried to move it to a more sensible place - I'd initially planted it in my garden next to the street, and it was reaching out and scratching people trying to walk on the pavement outside.
Loads of my neighbours have them, so I just enjoy theirs from a safe distance LOL
This is one of my favorite! Here in S. Fl. it grows very tall, and the more you prune it, the faster it grows. It reminds me of a rose bush: it's rewards in it's beauty is worth the pain it causes. I agree it's a Bougainvillia.
The most common variety in the Southern Hemisphere is called Scarlet O'Hara and is a blood red color. Really impressive when in full bloom, but Bougainvillia make a hell of a mess dropping foliage and defending themselves with long hook-like thorns. You are better off planting Clematis
Thanks for everyone's input, seems unanimous - it's great to have such a helpful forum, better than an encyclopedia! I tried to find out myself on google but wasn't sure what on earth it was. When we first saw it we loved it so much that we all had a photo taken with it.
Izzy and Rebekkah, you are so lucky to be able to see them from your own houses - better than the ugly conifers somebody planted in the garden of the house we've just bought!
Well, back to this cold and rainy day in England, and the annoying fact that I have had to abandon my car due to the windscreen wipers failing while I was driving!
Too bad you are not in Puerto Rico where it's 80 degrees and NO humidity. I have a photo of a strange looking tree that I'd like to know what it is. I'm so dumb, I can't figure our to post the photo. I did it once before, but I'm not having any luck doing it again. I hit import, find the photo and that's as far as I can go. Will keep trying cause it is really unusual.
Polly, sorry about the rainy day. My yard has a lot of trees. Along the back fence there are various plants that attract butterflies. I have a beautiful passion flower vine that grows on the fence, but they easily can take over an area, so I had to cut it back. There is also night blooming jasmine. The yard requires upkeep, but it's worth it when everything is in bloom. Now there are leaves on the ground from the maple trees.
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