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Bougainvillea is one of the showiest vines you can grow. The large plant practically smothers itself in big clusters of papery bracts. These bracts appear in bold shades of pink, lavender, red, gold, or orange and create a display you can see a block away.
While bougainvillea is tropical, it's usually grown as an annual in cold-winter areas.
Note: Many varieties of bougainvillea bear sharp spines, so take care not to plant these varieties next to doorways or paths.
From 8 to 20 feet or more
Climbs to 10-40 feet, depending on type