A side view of the small, nicely rounded habit of Estrellita Little Star firecracker bush.
Groups of dark orange star shaped flowers are blanketed over multiple Estrellita Little Star bouvardia.
A close view of star shaped dark orange red flowers in a big group on Estrellita Little Star bouvardia.
Star shaped flowers in an array of colors on Estrellita Little Star bouvardia.

Estrellita Little Star™ Bouvardia

Color so vibrant it’s almost unreal! The bright reddish-orangey-hot pink color of Estrellita Little Star™ firecracker bush blows us away every time we see it. With such showy flowers, you might find it hard to believe, but it’s actually native to Southwest North America. Its long history of growing in those conditions gives it a rather rugged nature, perfectly suited for areas with drought, high heat, and even clay soil. It’ll look good while beating those conditions too, flowering continuously from spring ‘til fall without a bit of deadheading. If you need constant color to raise your spirits and constant flowers to feed pollinators, plant Estrellita Little Star™ in your landscape!

Why grow Estrellita Little Star™ firecracker bush?

  • Continuous color from spring to frost
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Tough and easy-care

Additional information

Botanical Name

<i>Bouvardia x</i> 'WINBUESLST' PP#34,579

Zone

8, 9, 10

Flower Color

Orange, Pink

Foliage Color

Green

Height

1.5-2'

Width/Spread

1.5-2'

Exposure

Full Sun, Part Sun

Soil

Well-drained

Bloom Time

Fall, Spring, Summer

Uses

Borders, Containers, Cutting Gardens, Edging, Foundations, Mass Planting

Features

Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Compact, Cut flower, Deadheading not necessary, Drought tolerant, Heat tolerant, Native, Reblooming

Blooms On

New wood

Plant Care

Light: Thrives in full to part sun conditions, needs direct sunlight to create the best bloom display.

Soil: Good drainage is essential to its success. It needs either neutral or acidic pH as it grows poorly in alkaline soils.

Water: After it is established, it’s very drought tolerant.

Fertilizing: If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for flowering shrubs in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable. You can make another application in early summer to keep the plant blooming prolifically.

Pruning: Regular pruning is not necessary. It maintains its most handsome natural habit without much shaping. Dead or damaged wood can be removed at any time, just cut back to a set of leaves. If you are interested in shaping it, get to the task in late winter or early spring.

Other: Deadheading isn’t necessary for the plant to rebloom.