Standing at 15 – 25 feet tall, with stunning colors like bright magentas, incredible oranges and lively yellows, the Bougainvillea is certainly an eye-catcher. These vibrant plants grow most beautifully and fully in open sunlight or light shade, with regular watering. They are a bit high-maintenance, as they grow quickly and wildly, and require constant pruning and care. They are mostly used ornamentally, to liven up a garden or area. Even though the plants are known for their splash of color, if you look closely, you will see that they actually only have clusters of white flowers. The real shining beauty of the plant is in the bracts, which are petal-like leaves that grow just under or around the small white flowers. While the striking colors of the Bougainvillea may draw you in, be careful; these pretty plants sport one- to two-inch long thorns that can easily scratch and poke! The colorful plant is native to South America, but can be seen all over Zoo Miami. Look out for the colorful leaves that will welcome you to the zoo along the long entrance. They will also keep popping up in different colors by several exhibits, and will bid you farewell on your way out as well!