Scientific Name: Bouvardia ternifolia
Synonym: B. glaberrima
Common Names: Firecrackerbush, Firecracker Bush
Duration: Perennial, Evergreen
Growth Habit: Shrub, Subshrub
Arizona Native Status: Native
Habitat: Upland, Mountain. It usually grows in rocky canyon areas above 3000 feet (914 m).
Flower Color: Red
Flowering Season: Spring (late), Summer, Fall (early)
Height: To 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, but usually less
Description: The flowers are tubular, up to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) long, and have four rounded, point-tipped lobes. The flowers are clustered at the branch tips. The leaves are dark green in color, oval to lanceolate in shape with pointed tips, and usually in whorls of three.
Hummingbird Flower – The flowers are excellent for attracting hummingbirds. If you wait long enough near a blooming Firecrackerbush, you will see a hummingbird visiting or guarding the flowers. This plant is a nice choice for hummingbird gardens, and nursery plants are available. These attractive, long-blooming plants prefer a little extra water and partial shade if grown in hot, dry desert areas.
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Family: Rubiaceae – Madder family
Genus: Bouvardia Salisb. – bouvardia
Species: Bouvardia ternifolia (Cav.) Schltdl. – firecrackerbush
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