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BRUNFELSIA grandiflora

Image of Brunfelsia grandiflora

James Burghardt

Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

BRUNFELSIA grandiflora

Plant Common Name

Large-flowered Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-14' / 2.4m - 4.3m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Blue Violet

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No