This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This novelty is an exceedingly attractive and pretty species, and one of the handsomest of the genus. It is a valuable acquisition as a decorative plant at this season of the year - the flowers, which are larger ( 1/2 inch in diameter) than those of most of the other species of Bouvardia, being of a bright cheerful pink color, and very freely produced. The plant grows 12 - 18 inches high, and has terete, hairy, herbaceous stems, with distant whorls of ovate accuminate leaves, narrowed at their base into a very short petiole, generally three, rarely four in a whorl, subscabrous on both surfaces, the midrib and veins very prominent beneath, the lower leaves 2 - 3 inches long, 1 - 1 1/2 inch broad, the upper gradually smaller. Flowers in dense corymbose cymes; the pedicels, bracts, and calyces pubescent; calyx lobes subulate, recurved, spreading, 3 - 3 1/2 lines long; corolla glabrous, the tube 10 - 12 lines long, marked with four grooves at its apex, whitish; limb of four spreading, broadly elliptic-ovate, subacute, bright pink lobes, throat or tube whitish.
It is a native of Mexico, where it was first discov-ed by Hartweg. The characters which mark this elegant species, are the prominent veins on the under-side of the leaves, the long, slender squarrose calyx-lobes, and the broad spreading lobes of the corolla. - Gardeners Chronicle.