I am truly please that the #Bougainvillea grow so well where I live and no doubt an introduced plant that is found in many parts of the world. That it hasn't become invasive or toxic to animals, in other words not a pest, like many other introduced plants.
So it is here for us to enjoy.
My white bougainvillea has a touch of pink at present. Obviously this has to do with the conditions it is living in at the moment. But the touch of pink is a good reason to smile and enjoy my white bougainvillea more.
A bit of history from Wikipedia. Bugger the humble bougainvillea to have a good story about its discovery by a European. Bit of romance and secrecy amongst it all.
The first European to describe these plants was Philibert Commerçon, a botanist accompanying French Navy admiral and explorer Louis Antoine de Bougainville during his voyage of circumnavigation of the Earth, and first published for him by Antoine Laurent de Jussieu in 1789. It is possible that the first European to observe these plants was Jeanne Baré, Commerçon's lover and assistant who was an expert in botany. Because she was not allowed on ship as a woman, she disguised herself as a man in order to make the journey (and thus became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe).