Being a representative of the Rubiaceae family, bouvardia was called in honor of Dr. Charles Bouvard, a former superintendent of the Jardin du Roi in Paris and a physician to Louis XIII.
Nowadays there are more than 30 species of this plant. Most of them are shrubs and herbs inhabiting Mexico and Central America. Bouvardia was first brought to the United Kingdom in 1854. Today these plants are bred and grown in sub-tropics and Holland. The familiar to everyone relatives of this flower are gardenias, sweet woodruff, coffee and gallium.
Symbolizing “enthusiasm” bouvardia does not relates to ordinary flowers. Its hallmark is loose clusters of tubular star resembling blossoms which are fringed with green leaves and borne on tall stems. The distinctive feature of this flower is that each stem of it looks like a tiny nosegay in bright versatile shades and colors. In addition this plant is distinguished by pleasant odor.
Being popular all over the world the flower is available during the whole year. The cut blossom lasts for 7-10 days. For proper care bouvardia requires high temperature and enough water.
Resembling jasmine bouvardia is available in pink, orange, peach, white colors. They are the irreplaceable additions into wedding bouquets, designs and arrangements.