BOUVARDIA

FAMILY: Rubiaceae

TYPE
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Varies by Species
PLANTING ZONES
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

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.

sweet bouvardia

SCARLET BOUVARDIA

bouvardia longiflora

  • 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.

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