Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Brunfelsia pauciflora: flowers

Brunfelsia pauciflora, known in English as "yesterday, today and tomorrow" or "lady of the night" and in French as brunfelsie pauciflore is an evergreen shrub native to Brazil. The English name "yesterday, today and tomorrow" refers to an unusual property of the flowers—they change colour daily from purple to mauve to white.

Since this is a tropical plant, it's not going to survive outside in Toronto for long (it can be grown as a houseplant, or in a greenhouse like this specimen at Allan Gardens). Even with the right conditions, BackyardGardener.com describes Brunfelsia as being "high maintenance". It's also poisonous according to many sources. So I don't think I'll be attempting to grow this flower, beautiful as it is, any time soon.

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