The genus name comes from the Sanskrit word "Ikvana", after a Malaysian deity, or possibly from the name "Iswara", a Malabar deity.
Ixora represents passion and increased sexuality.
In Asia, they have been using Ixora for generations for ornamental purposes and also for its medicinal qualities to treat diarrhea and fever.
Ixora comes in bright red, orange, pink, yellow and white colors. Red color is the most popular one.