Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (Brunfelsia pauciflora)
the flower was purple
the flower is lavender
the flower will be white
Now you know how this plant got its common name! Brunfelsia pauciflora grows 3 to 6 foot tall in USDA Zones 9-12. The flowers are about 2 inches across with a very spicy fragrance. Blooming is heaviest in early spring but sporadic flowers may appear throughout the year. All three flower colors exist at the same time, covering the plant with blooms. This native of Brazil prefers part shade to part sun. There are several named cultivars with slightly different growing habits. Mine seems to be one of the more compact forms.
Mine has been growing and blooming happily for nearly 20 years and stays about three foot tall. Central Florida freezes have caused no damage to this plant.
The flowers are spectacular and the fragrance carries throughout the landscape on light breezes.