Bouvardia longiflora (Cav.) Humb., Bonpl. & Kunth

Shrubs 1-2 m tall. Leaves opposite, ovate to lanceolate, to 5 cm long. Flowers mostly white, to 7 cm long; highly fragrant and with a scent similar to that of Jasmine; late Nov to June. [B. humboldtii hort.]


Fashionable in the 19th to mid-20th century in Australia when over 50 cultivars were listed.

Rather sensitive to cool climates but long-flowering and may be grown with protection; the flowers have been supplied to the cut flower trade.

Stephenson (1992) records 16 cultivars originating in Australia but only 2 remaining in cultivation.


C. ternifolia (Cav.) Schltdl. from Mexico and Texas is occasionally offered; it is a shrub to 2 m tall with leaves in 3s and 4s and red flowers. [C. triphylla Salisb.]

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rubiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Gentianales
family       Rubiaceae
genus        Bouvardia Salisb.