• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Showy, Fragrant Flowers
    Blooms:
    Blooms heaviest in spring, and intermittently throughout summer.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:brun-FELZ-ee-a paw-si-FLO-ra
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:12 - 17, 20 - 28
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Blooms heaviest in spring, and intermittently throughout summer.
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis shrub can grow to rather large proportions in the shade where it simultaneously bears flowers in white, lavender and purple. It is a rare source of blue tones among tropical plants and is a reliable performer in all but the hottest climates. Grow as foundation planting between windows and along a wall on north or east exposures. Gang plants into a background for a shady fountain or small pocket garden. Use next to doorways or at gates to appreciate it up close. Grows rather well under the canopies of large conifers.
    Companion PlantsLilyturf (Liriope); Elephant Ear (Colocasia); Fern (Asplenium); Star Jasmine (Tracheospermum); Princess Flower (Tibouchina)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic soil. Sun tolerant, but best sheltered from harsh sunlight in hot summer areas. Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep, extensive root system. Feed with an acid fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Mulch to conserve moisture. Easily kept at 3 to 4 ft. tall. Prune annually, after flowering.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Native to the subtropics of South America, brunfelsias prefer summer rainfall or irrigation and acidic soil, so mulch with pine-needles, peat moss, cocoa coir, or azalea/camellia compost around their bases to conserve moisture and provide acidity. Like citrus, gardenias, the leaves can fade to yellow when faced with an element deficiency. To easily correct this, supplement regular feeding with a microelement fertilizer such epsom salts (magnesium sulphate). Like many members of the nightshade family, the berries of this plant are toxic if ingested.