Bougainvillea belongs to the Nyctaginacaeae family and has 250
species. However only two or three species are usually grown. Although
`Bougainvillea' is normally a climbing plant it can be pruned to acquire the
required shape and can also be planted in pots.
The most suitable areas in Malaysia for planting Bougainvillea are in the
north of the Peninsular especially in Kedah.
The Bougainvillea flowers throughout the year and the flowers come in a
medley of colours. The brightly coloured papery flowers are actually bracts
sheathing the slender stem. The true flowers which are enclosed by the
bracts are small, white and trumpet shaped.