Bouvardia (Firecracker Bush; Trumpetellia; Hummingbird Flower)

Bouvardia is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, native to Mexico and tropical America.
These species are evergreen herbs or shrubs, with large, deep-green leaves and single or double trumpet-shaped or star-shaped flowers, carried on tall, sometimes woody stems. They attract birds and butterflies to the garden and make wonderful additions to a number of different kinds of bouquets and arrangements.

Name meaning

The genus was named after Charles Bouvard (1572–1658), who was the personal physician to Louis XIII, King of France.

Bouvardia symbolism

Bouvardia symbolizes enthusiasm.

Interesting facts about Bouvardia

The Plant’s Resurrection

This plant was completely forgotten at the beginning of the 19th century.
In 1997, when a Dutch breeder began developing a dwarfed version of it, Bouvardia emerged again. Today it is widely cultivated, especially in Holland.

Bouvardia Plant Data