Thorny and Beautiful, Yet Not a Rose

Bougainvillea is a flowering  bush that grows in subtropical climates. They can have many different colors of blooms including pink, white, orange, purple or yellow. Sometimes the leaves are variegated, as seen in this photo.

They are beautiful to look at, but don’t get too close. Each branch has many large thorns on it. Sometimes, the thorns can be hard to see because of all the flowers on the branch.

Bougainvillea are native to South America but can be found throughout the Caribbean,  Florida and other places as well. This photo was taken in St. Kitts at the Romney Manor Gardens.

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