Bouvardia (boo-var-dee-ah) symbolizes enthusiasm and can be used to “indicate zest for life”. With a delicate scent and feminine appearance, in the language of flowers, Bouvardia represents enthusiasm.
Although the Bouvardia is a native flower of Arizona and New Mexico, they are grown as small shrubs in South America in greenhouses and are available year round. They have tubular, star-like florets that form a cluster blossom at the end of thin, sometimes woody stems. The flowers have a light fragrance and mainly come in pink, red and white. Their blooms can be double in some pink and white varieties. The Bouvardia also features attractive bright green foliage that is elliptical in shape.
They are named after Charles Bourvard, 1572-1658, physician to Louis XIII and superintendent of the Royal Gardens in Paris.
Use Bouvardia as an accent flower in your designs to create interest and texture in an arrangement. Display in a clear vase as the Bouvardia does not absorb water well from floral foam.
Bouvardia can also be used as a “focal” flower in hand-tied bouquets, it has an old fashioned appeal that blends well with most other flowers. Mix them with Roses and Queen Anne’s Lace for an elegant, Victorian look. This flower is excellent in wedding work and the white and pink make for stunning accents to bouquets, arrangements, etc.