Close-up of a beautiful flower of Bouvardia 'Royal Edith'. Bouvardia belongs to the Madder family (Rubiaceae), and is, therefore, related to both the Coffee plant and the Gardenia. Bouvardia flowers are composed of slender tubes, topped by four petals in a cross-formation. Photo by Brian Johnston
Bouvardia - Bouvardia is a shrub that blooms slender 3 ½ in. (9 cm.) long flowers with four petals. These flowers were named after Charles Bouvard, personal physician of Louis XIII and caretaker of the Royal Gardens in Paris. The flower is available in a range of colors and abundant during summer to early winter but can be found all year. Bouvardia are considered a symbol of enthusiasm and are frequently featured in wedding floral design. Photo credit: Undisclosed.