The navigator Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811) gave his name to this genus. Originally from tropical and sub-tropical America. Popularly known as the "Paper Flower" with very delicate deep pink flowers that look like paper. Actually, the flowers are bracts of leaves at the tip of the stems that turn a brilliant pink in color. Can bloom for most of the year if given sufficient sun. Does very well indoors.
About this tree: Flowers for months at a time. Indoor tree. Loves to be wet but actually can go dry for a few days without hurting the tree. Purple and white is the actual tree and flowers many times a year.