These plants are valued for their showy clusters of tubular flowers; their growth habit is loose, often straggling. One type has fragrant blossoms, but it is also the most tender and looks poorest after flowers are gone. The unscented, red-flowered species are hardier and easier to grow. All appreciate well-drained soil and midday shade; very heat tolerant. To encourage compact growth, prune lightly after bloom.
- From Mexico.
- Jasmine-scented, 3 inches., snow-white flowers appear at almost any time; excellent in bouquets.
- Plant is 23 feet high and 2 feet wide, with paired, 2 inches leaves.
- Pinch out stem tips to make bushier.
- If soil is poor, grow in pots or raised beds in rich, fast-draining soil mix.
- Provide regular water.
- Albatross is the form most widely sold; it has larger flowers than the species.
- Stephanie is more compact and floriferous.
bouvardia ternifolia(Bouvardia jacquinii)
- Native to Texas, Mexico.
- To 3 feet tall, 2123 feet wide, with 2 inches leaves in whorls of three or four.
- Produces unscented, inch-long, red flowers in loose clusters at branch ends in summer and early autumn.
- Forms are available with pink, rose, or coral blossoms.
- Prefers neutral to acid soil.
- Little water.