The French explorer and naturalist, Dr. Philbert Coummerson (1727-1773) discovered the Bougainvillea in Rio de Janario in 1768 two years later and named the flower after the ship's captain.
Bougainville also discovered Polynesia which is now French Polynesia.
As we found with the poinsettia the bracts are the showy, colorful part of the plant. The tiny flower is almost unseen. Most have one bract; some have two.
They like sunny, loamy, sandy soil with good drainage.
Bougainville is a northern island on the Solomon Islands chain seen by many of our Allies during WW II.