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Bouvardia

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bouvardia

Name

The flowers are named after Parisian doctor Charles Bouvard, personal physician to Louis XIII and director of the Jardin des Plantes.

Description

Bouvardia are certainly not common flowers. If you study them closely, you find loose clusters of tubular starlet flowers fringed with leaves and carried on tall stalks. Each stem, resembles a small bouquet in bright firework colours. They also have a faint delicate scent.

Origin

Native to Mexico. Introduced to the UK in 1854, but are chiefly grown in sub-tropical zones and under glass in Holland.

Colour

Shades of pinks and red as well as white.

Availability

All year round.

Family

Their closest relatives are the fabulously fragrant gardenias.

Varieties

They have wonderful names like 'Pink Luck', 'Royal Katty' and 'Albatross'.

Care tips

Cut the stems at a slant with a sharp knife and don't forget to use the special flower food usually provided for bouvardia. They are particularly prone to water loss and should not be left out of water. If you do not have the special flower food, recut the stems frequently and remove excess foliage.

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