Common Names: Bouvardia

Botanical names: Bouvardia, (boo-VAR-dee-ah)

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 1-2 weeks

Storage temperatures: 45 - 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Small, fragrant, tubular flowers with spreading star-like petals in loose clusters at stem ends.

Color: White, pink, orange, and reds

Botanical facts: The species is named after Charles Bouvard (1572-1658), physician to Louis XIII and superintendent of the Royal Gardens in Paris. Bouvardia is native to Mexico. Relatives include gardenia, coffee and pentas.

Design notes: Will last longer in vase arrangements and makes a wonderful filler flower. Most Bouvardia is fragrant and it is often used in wedding and corsage work.

Purchasing hints: Purchase when just one or two flowers are opening on each stem.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Bouvardia is chill sensitive, so avoid cool temperatures. It is also susceptible to wilting and leaf yellowing. These problems can generally be avoided by proper conditioning, good sanitation and the use of a commercial floral food. Cutting under water is very important for this species as one way to rid the stems of air.