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Bouvardia longiflora ‘Albatross’ (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)
Bouvardia longiflora ‘Albatross’ (photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story)

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Zone
Zones 12, 16, 17, 19-24
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Bouvardia longiflora ‘Albatross’

Rubiaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

BOUVARDIA

Pretty clusters of four-petaled tubular flowers appear on relaxed, 2–3-ft.-high plants. 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, easier to grow. All appreciate well-drained soil, midday shade. To encourage compact growth, prune hard annually after bloom period ends.

Bouvardia longiflora ‘Albatross’

These jasmine-scented, 3-in., snow-white flowers appear at almost any time; excellent in bouquets. This Mexican native is 2–3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide, with paired 2-in. leaves. Pinch out stem tips to make it bushier. If soil is poor, grow in large containers or raised beds in rich, fast-draining soil mix. ‘Stephanie’ is more compact and floriferous. Regular water.

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