Bougainvillea is a genus of vines, bushes, and thorny ornamental vines belonging to the Nyctaginaceae family. It is a native species to eastern South America and commonly found in Brazil, west to Peru, and southern Argentina. The flowers on the plant are often called ‘paper flowers” due to their thin paper-like bracts. The tropical evergreen plant is native to eastern South America, Brazil, west Peru, and southern Argentina. The Bougainvillea flowering plant in Matlacha is a popular choice as an ornamental plant in landscaping projects.