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Bouvardia ternifolia

Scarlet trumpetilla

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Height0.5m to 0.75m
  • Spread0.5m to 0.75m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Bouvardia ternifolia (Scarlet trumpetilla). A very attractive species bearing red, tubular (but scentless) flowers. Grows to 75cms. Many cultivars exist, ranging in colour from the palest pink to deep red.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

South America.

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, min 7-10C. They will prefer full light and fertile well drained soil. You should water freely when in full growth and moderately at other times. Cut back stems by half to three-quarters after flowering to maintain a neat habit.

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to whitefly and mealy bugs.

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