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Estrellita Little Star® Firecracker Bush

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Introducing the Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush (Bouvardia sp.) – a dazzling burst of color and charm that's sure to leave you spellbound. Picture this: vibrant red-orange-hot pink blooms that pop against a backdrop of lush, bright green foliage. Native to the Southwest of North America, this shrub has long captivated cut flower enthusiasts and florists with its striking beauty. Now, thanks to the innovative breeding efforts at WinGen, this new hybrid extends its allure to garden landscapes in warm climates and serves as a captivating container accent in cooler areas.

Standing at a compact height of 18 to 24 inches, the Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush boasts an upright habit, making it a versatile addition to your outdoor space. What truly sets it apart is its ability to bloom continuously throughout the summer without the need for deadheading. As a bonus, this plant is a magnet for hummingbirds, adding an extra touch of enchantment to your garden. Plus, you'll be pleased to know that it resists deer, ensuring that your garden's star continues to shine. Whether you're looking for a striking border plant, a cut flower source, or a vibrant addition to your landscape, the Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush has you covered. So, prepare to be wowed by nature's own fireworks display, courtesy of this captivating shrub. With its easy maintenance and non-stop blooms from spring through fall, it's a true star in the garden. Hardiness zones 8a to 10b will find this beauty right at home, provided it enjoys good drainage and neutral soil pH.

Plant Attributes

The Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush is a garden gem, known for its stunning attributes. Its captivating red-orange-hot pink blooms create a dazzling display that continues throughout the summer, without the need for deadheading. This compact shrub, standing at 18 to 24 inches, boasts an upright habit and is well-suited for both landscaping in warm climates and as a container accent in cooler areas. Not only does it enchant with its vibrant color, but it also beckons hummingbirds while resisting the browsing of deer. A true star in the garden, this Bouvardia hybrid offers continuous blooms, easy maintenance, and versatility in various garden settings.

Landscape Use

The Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush is a versatile landscaping gem, offering a multitude of uses to elevate the beauty of your outdoor space. First and foremost, its vibrant red-orange-hot pink blossoms make it an excellent choice for creating eye-catching borders along garden beds. When planted in rows or clusters, it forms a striking edge that commands attention and adds a burst of color to your landscape.

Additionally, the compact size and upright habit of the Estrellita Little Star make it an ideal candidate for container gardening. Place it in decorative pots on your patio, deck, or near entryways to create captivating focal points. Its vibrant blooms and attractive foliage bring a pop of color and natural charm to outdoor living areas. Whether used as a border plant or a container accent, this shrub's continuous blooming from spring through summer ensures a reliable source of visual appeal in your garden, and its resistance to deer makes it a hassle-free addition to any landscape design.

Planting & Care

Planting and caring for the Estrellita Little Star is a straightforward process that allows you to enjoy its vibrant blooms with ease. To start, select a well-drained location in your garden that receives full sun. Ensure the soil has good drainage to prevent waterlogged roots. Prior to planting, amend the soil with organic matter to improve fertility and drainage. When you're ready to plant, dig a hole of similar depth to the root ball and about twice as wide. Gently remove the shrub from its container, placing it in the hole at the same level as it was in the container. Backfill with soil, firmly tamping it down to remove air pockets. After planting, water the shrub thoroughly to help settle the soil and establish the roots. Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogged conditions.

In terms of care, regular watering is essential for Bouvardias. They prefer consistently moist soil, so water deeply when the top inch of soil feels dry. Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Prune the Estrellita Little Star in early spring to remove dead or damaged branches and shape the plant as desired. Fertilize sparingly in the spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer, avoiding over-fertilization. While generally hardy, consider protecting the shrub from frost in colder regions with mulch or temporary cover during extreme cold spells. Regular monitoring for common garden pests or diseases will help maintain the plant's health and resilience. Following these guidelines will ensure a thriving Bouvardia, offering a continuous display of captivating blossoms and enhancing your garden's beauty.

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Plant Features

  • Botanical Name: Bouvardia sp.
  • Form: Shrub
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Height/Habit: 18 - 24 Inches
  • Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
  • Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
  • Hardiness Zone: Suitable for hardiness zones 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowering Date: Blooms continuously from spring through summer
  • Planting Instructions: Plant at the same level as it is in the container, firm the soil around it, and water thoroughly.
  • Winter Care: Minimal winter care required; mulch recommended for the first winter in northern zones if fall planted.
  • Growth Rate: Medium
  • Shipping Season: Spring
  • Flower Color: Reddish Orange
  • Flower Shade: Reddish Orange
  • Foliage Colors: Green
  • Foliage Shade: Bright Green
  • Habit: Upright
  • Container Role: Filler
  • Maintenance Category: Easy
  • Blooms On: New Wood
  • Bloom Time: Spring through Fall
  • Water Category: Average, requires good drainage
  • Soil pH Category: Neutral Soil

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