Bouganvillea is a wonderful plant. However if it is planted carelessly like here by people's doors, it can scar you for life....literally. These two plants were here when I moved onto this property 3 years ago. Anyone who works with this plant knows how thorny it is and how it can really scratch you up. It also has a natural spreading habit. I do like how these plants frame this stucco building....and if there is one thing that makes stucco stand out, it's bouganvillea. For that reason, I do not want to remove these dangerous bushes. For the first year, I cut them down to the ground, but they came back stronger, bushier, and thornier than ever. There are blood stains to prove it. During times of pruning, it is not uncommon for passerbys to hear me cursing under my breath at the idiot who planted these on the property....everytime you prune a branch off...several more thornier ones grow back....so what do you do to combat the issue?......shape with wire!