Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow
Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda'
Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
|Botanical Pronunciation||brun-FELZ-ee-uh paw-sih-FLOR-uh flor-ih-BUN-duh|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 3 to 8 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Blooms heaviest in spring, and intermittently throughout summer.|
|Design Ideas||This 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Rustic, Tropical|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Filtered sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Attracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Gift Plant, Ornamental Berries, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly|
|Watering Needs||Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Key Feature||Showy, Fragrant Flowers|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11