Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The flowers appear on each flush of new growth throughout the warm months of the year. The white blooms flare open at the end of a 6-7" long nectary, and will last for several days.
Brunfelsia nitida is native to Cuba and is sometimes known as "Lady of the Night" or "Cuban Raintree". Most references recommend this plant for USDA Zones 10-11, but mine in Zone 9B appear to be fairly cold-hardy. Last winter, plants slightly under the protection of tree canopy suffered no damage. Exposed plants froze to the ground but returned quickly and were blooming by mid-summer.
These plants bloom extremely well in containers, and I like to keep a few in small pots that I can bring in the house when they come into bloom.