Bouvardia ternifolia (Cav.) Schltdl.

Hummingbird Flower, Scarlet Bouvardia

Family: Rubiaceae

Genus: Bouvardia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 9 to 11 (Woodlanders 8 to 10)

Size: To 36" tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Tubular red flowers in clusters in summer, to 2' tall. Small, linear leaves.

Houstonia with oval, smooth leaves, growing mostly by threes; stem weak, rather shrubby; flowers terminate the branches, and are scarlet. (Bot. Repos. - Houstonia coccinea.)

Full sun and well-drained soil.


Published in Linnaea 26: 98 in 1854.

Basionym Ixora ternifolia Cav.

Synonym Houstonia coccinea Andrews.

Native to Mexico, Arizona and Texas.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Woodlanders in summer 2014 and planted it in the Screen Porch Garden.

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