The Bouvardia Ternifolia: Surely you have ever seen a flower with a trumpet and a great color that attracts and greatly improves the ornamental value of the area where it is placed. Well, it is the Bouvardia Ternifolia. It is well known for its peculiar shape of the trumpet flowers and with the scarlet red very powerful.
It comes from Central America and is very abundant in the zone of Mexico. Among their common names, we can find weed, red meadowsweet, Indian grass, myrtle, trumpet, and grass of astonishment.
In this post, we will talk about the characteristics, uses and care that the Bouvardia needs to be splendid and improve all those areas where it is planted. Do you want to know more about her? You just have to keep reading.
The Bouvardia is a type of shrub with dimensions between 30 cm the smallest specimens and 1.2 m the largest ones. The leaves are also striking as they have a bright dark green color and are oval in shape. Normally in this type of bushes only their flowers stand out and the leaves go a little unnoticed, but in this case, everything stands out in plain sight.
Its flowers have a trumpet shape and are notable for their scarlet red color. They are very striking and are ideal not only for gardens, but to decorate roads and even local. The flowers can be found as if they were bunches. They have numerous branches of tubular shape and quite long in size.
This plant not only attracts the human being because of its beauty but also contains a rich nectar in its red corolla from which the hummingbirds take advantage to satisfy their hunger.
Reproduction of the Bouvardia Ternifolia
The Bouvardia is a type of perennial plant, so we can enjoy its bright dark green leaves throughout the year. Therefore, it is worth having them in the garden so that, in the cold winter months, we do not have the garden so sad and gloomy.
It is better to choose a good variety of plants that are deciduous and perennial so that you do not always have the same garden. In this way, depending on the season of the year in which we are, our garden will look one way or another.
In this case, the Bouvardia Ternifolia can be reproduced in several ways. The first is by seeds and the second by cuttings. These plants need a soil that is a mixture of sand and clay. It does not have to be very wet, but it can be dry or rocky.
The advantage of the Bouvardia is that it is a fairly resistant plant and will not give many problems. We will have a very attractive and colorful plant without having to take into account much on the substrate.
The best way to grow healthy our Bouvardia is to put it in full sun. If we do not have enough space or want to place it elsewhere, it also survives well in partial shade. If the shade is more frequent than the sun, it may suffer some damage since it needs hours of sunshine per day to perform its photosynthetic processes.
As for the climate, this plant supports better the warmer climates, although it is tolerant to the cold. We can find it naturally on roads and roads or in even more remote areas. As we mentioned before, when needing a soil that is preferably dry, there are no problems with watering. In many occasions, rainwater will suffice.
Most widespread Uses
Another of the qualities that make this plant so good to have is that it has different uses. For a long time, in the area from which this plant comes, Mexico, it was widely used as a medicine to cure various diseases.
This meadow grass was used to heal wounds that caused certain types of snakes. And the fact is that the nectar of the Bouvardia is healing as well as delicious for the hummingbird.
The leaves and flowers were placed in a mortar and crushed and then placed in the affected area. This preparation was also used for people with a toothache or sprained feet or other extremities.
You can prepare an infusion with dried leaves and take it well warm to regulate stomach transit and relieve the pain caused by diarrhea and menstrual pain in women.
At present, it has been known that this plant has excellent healing properties against rabies and dysentery. In addition, it has analgesic properties that serve to treat some stronger pains of the cold, flu or general malaise caused by fatigue.
However, despite the fact that these medicinal benefits are widespread, it is the ornamental and landscaping that takes the trophy. The Bouvardia decorates gardens, homes, highways, avenues and even shopping centers and restaurants.
To enjoy this plant in all its splendor we have to fulfill certain necessary care that the plant demands. The first one we mentioned before, but it is worth remembering it. You need a location where you can have direct sunlight for a long time, although it survives well in a semi-shade.
Being a plant from tropical places, cannot stand frosts well. So, make sure that your climate does not frequent low temperatures a lot.
Ideally, the average annual temperature of the climate where it develops is about 16-18 degrees. It does not need excess moisture, so it is good to place them in airy places. As for irrigation, it is not necessary to just water it in winter unless it rains nothing. In the warmer time of spring, and summer you have to water them twice a week and fertilize them with a mineral fertilizer.
To improve its beauty it is good to do a drastic pruning at the end of winter so that it grows bright when spring and summer arrive. Be careful with aphids, whiteflies, and cochineals, since if the environment is dry and scarce irrigation, these insects will take advantage to attack.
I hope that with these tips you can enjoy the beauty of the Bouvardia Ternifolia in your home.