Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda'Item #1350 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
This profuse bloomer lives up to its name by opening deep violet, turning to light violet, then white, all in three days! Make it the star of a dappled shade shrub border, plant near walkways, or mass as a showy privacy screen. Easily pruned to fit in smaller garden beds or containers. Evergreen in frost-free areas.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial shade to partial sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:brun-FELZ-ee-a paw-si-FLO-raPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:12 - 17, 20 - 28Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Blooms heaviest in spring, and intermittently throughout summer.Flower color:PurpleDesign 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)
- CareCare InformationProvide 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:Partial shade to partial sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreLore: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.