Plant Common Name
Large-flowered Yesterday Today and Tomorrow
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With a grandiose winter floral display of purple, lavender and white, the large-flowered yesterday-today-and-tomorrow becomes a large shrub in the subtropical and tropical garden. A rounded but spreading-canopied evergreen, it is from the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains from Colombia to Bolivia. The dark green leaves are quite long and oval and will turn yellow in very alkaline soils. In the cool season, clusters of impatiens-like blossom are revealed on the branch twigs, particularly fragrant in the evening. Each blossom first opens blue-violet with a small white eye, then fades to lavender, and finally white - typically over the course of three to four days before finally dropping off.
Plant large-leaved yesterday-today-and-tomorrow in a sand-based soil that is rich with organic material and is well-draining. Keep the plant slightly drier in the winter. Although this species is the most tolerant of alkaline soils, make sure to monitor and regularly apply appropriate micro-nutrient fertilizers at the first sign of leaf yellowing (chlorosis). The lowest limbs can be removed to reveal the multi-stemmed base and create a picturesque small tree. Any pruning should be done after the winter flowering; severe pruning should only be attempted in the active, lush growth response common in the tropical wet season. Grow it in the rear of a mixed border, or at the base of a cluster of tall palms. It is spectacular when in flower so make sure to locate it in a spot that will be easily seen from the house or patio.