One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental shrubby climbing plant that is widely cultivated in the tropics. The insignificant flowers are surrounded by large, brightly coloured papery bracts which persist on the plant for a long time.
Genus Bougainvillea, family Nyctaginaceae
- ‘A few plants such as bougainvillea and shrimp plants (which bloom with tiny yellow pagodas) flower all year-round, but island gardeners complain that their season is actually quite short.’
- ‘Tall plants like palms or bougainvillaeas can be put on little trolleys and wheeled across the roads when the clock strikes six.’
- ‘He named the plant bougainvillea in honour of Bougainville.’
- ‘Miller also offers a variety of tropical plants, including bromeliads, bougainvillea, citrus, hibiscus, and orchids.’
- ‘How sad to say good-bye to all of the impatiens that finally grew the way we wanted them to, or the bougainvillea basket that was an eye catcher and the fuchsia that all the neighbors admired.’
- ‘Farther south, bougainvillea and hibiscus add dramatic color.’
- ‘As he continues along the row, ringing each bell lightly, the sound follows me as my eyes draw me to the bright pink bougainvilleas that reach their limbs and paper-thin petals to the viewpoint.’
- ‘I received a bougainvillea in a hanging basket at Christmas.’
- ‘The often-misspelled bougainvillea is a woody tropical vine of the four-o'clock family.’
- ‘It is a visual and sensory pleasure, choked with dazzling flowers of every variety, from the voluptuous deep blue of the jacaranda tree, to the multi-coloured bougainvillea or the bountiful hibiscus and begonias.’
- ‘Molina's crew trims hedges, mows grass, and has planted bougainvillea, jacaranda, queen palms and hibiscus.’
- ‘Exotic plants such as bougainvillaea, duranta and pyracantha have been used in gardens for many years.’
- ‘There were red and purple bougainvillea flowers, scarlet and apricot hibiscus hedges, flame-of-the-forest trees and the sweetly scented waxy-white flowers of the frangipani trees.’
- ‘The beautiful bougainvillea can be trained as a small shrub, or if left to grow, will develop into a massive hanging vine.’
- ‘It may be quite tempting to turn your back on mankind behind hedges of bougainvillea, oleander, or myrtle.’
- ‘The bougainvillea had started to flower again, a deep fuchsia color.’
- ‘Standards of plants not requiring dormant cycles, such as bougainvillea, hibiscus, ivies or geraniums, have a simple winter culture.’
- ‘Anthuriums, roses, hibiscuses, chrysanthemums, lilies and bougainvilleas were some of the other carnations that were on display.’
- ‘Dunn organizes weekend trips during the semester to sites in Overtown, where students work for eight hours planting bougainvilleas, roses, shrimp plants, and vegetables like sweet potatoes, greens, and string beans.’
- ‘She was rather thin, with a drawn face and messy hair, the colour of the pink bougainvillea leaves.’
Named after Louis de Bougainville (see Bougainville, Louis Antoine de).
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