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Bouvardia ternifolia

Evergreen, Shrubs


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 ternifolia

Native to Texas, Mexico. To 3 ft. tall, 2 1/2–3 ft. wide; 2-in. leaves in whorls of three or four. Unscented, inch-long red flowers in loose clusters at branch ends in summer and early fall. Forms have pink, rose, or coral blossoms. Little water.

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