Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 02:18:04 -0500 From: SETH SKLAREY Subject: Re: bougainvillea Bougainvillea, most commonly pronounced hereabouts boo-gan-vil'-lah, is primarily a desert area plant popular in Mexico, south Texas etc. as well as south Florida. Blooms best in dry season & loses blooms with water. Since it is thorny, it gives good protection against intruders, and can be trained to grow on arbors like a vine. In Golden Beach, Florida they used to have them on the median strip, and trimmed them down all the time. It is a very hard, knarly plant when treated way, and I'll never forget one long 1953 Studebaker that crashed into one and wound up as long as a Nash Metropolitan. They stopped using them as median plants and removed them all. Every once in a while a new landscape architect comes along somewhere in South Florida, and not knowing any better has them planted in a median strip. After explaining my true story to them, they usually see the light and have them removed. For years I have been searching for a yellow bougainvillea, have only found two plants, and they both died. If anyone knows where I can find a yellow (not gold) plant, please let me know. Thanks, Seth Sklarey Coconut Grove,FL