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Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brunfelsia (brun-FELZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pauciflora (PAW-ki-flor-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Floribunda

Synonym:Brunfelsia calycina
Synonym:Brunfelsia eximia

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative EdgarRossal On Jun 10, 2011, EdgarRossal from Guatemala
Guatemala (Zone 10a) wrote:

Brunfelsias have been among the most beautiful tropical plants I ever had, they bloomed like crazy during the tropical rainy season but its beauty makes to forget the hidden fatal consequences produced by ingesting its poisoning seeds.

I do still keep them but under my supervision, once they bloomed I cut it off all the seedpods to avoid them from maturing and falling into the ground.

How I noticed? well, I am a bird lover and I have some peacocks, pheasants and 2 fantail doves roaming free in the landscape but last year I overlooked to trim all the seedpods before they mature and the result was fatal.

One white male peacock died by eating 20 seeds and the 2 doves too. They colapsed just minutes after ingesting the seeds; trembling, disoriented, and signs of fatigue. The peacock late more in dying due to its size but after 2 hours he was dead. A necropsy made on them revealed the deadly seeds in their bladders.

If you love these plants and you still want to have them on your yard BE VERY CAUTIOUS!!! BUT VERY CAUTIONS, if you feel like you can be alert to the seeding season its ok but if you cant...avoid these plants from your garden if you have pets or children. Its not worthy to suffer from loosing your pets or poisoning the kids. Dont know how fatal can be on humans.

Positive RichSD On Mar 12, 2011, RichSD from San Diego, CA wrote:

Hi, I've grown this plant in a pot for about 11 years now. Its best feature is the bloom and the wonderful fragrance. But, it doesn't bloom as often as I'd like. And, if you neglect its nutrient requirements, it starts to look ragged. So, with extra plant food, zinc, iron and water/part shade, it looks great. In fact, I just repotted mine into a bigger pot today.

Negative terrora On Jul 26, 2009, terrora wrote:

Fair warning...this plant is toxic. My sister in law had one, one of her dogs ate the berries and almost died!!! Luckily the vet had just seen a report about this plant. So, if you have pets or little ones, do remove berries and dry seeds in a high safe place. The rest of the plant is iffy, so give thought to where you put this lovely plant.

Positive DiamondD On Oct 27, 2007, DiamondD from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I've had this plant for five years in the same pot, same location. This is a no fuss plant. Only once did it get any frost damage and that was minimal. It seems to benefit from selective pruning in early spring.

Neutral macybee On Oct 12, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

These evergreen shrubs or small trees from South and Central America bear delightfully fragrant flowers with a narrow tube flaring abruptly into 5 flat petals; these change color from their first day of opening through successive days, with flowers of different ages sprinkling the bush. Most species are slow growing and bushy, with simple, rather leathery leaves. The plants may all contain poisonous alkaloids, particularly in their berry-like fruits, which have been known to poison dogs.
Cultivation: These shrubs need a frost-free site, in full sun or with afternoon shade, and fertile, well-drained soil with adequate water in summer or during dry spells. They do well in pots and are widely grown in greenhouses in Europe. Prune after flowering to promote bushiness. Propagate from tip cuttings. Mealybug and white fly may present problems.
Brunfelsia pauciflora syns Brunfelsia callycina, B eximia - Brazil Raintree:
This small deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is slower growing and less vigorous than Brunfelsia australis, with duller dark green, leathery leaves, growing to about 5' tall and wide but rather open branched. In bloom it is even more dramatic: large, abundant flowers open a rich purple and fade to mauve and white over successive days, all through spring and earlly summer. 'Floribunda' has smaller leaves and extremely abundant pale purple flowers.
Zones 10-12.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Agoura Hills, California
Long Beach, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
San Francisco, California
Brooksville, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Miami, Florida
Milton, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Kahului, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Corpus Christi, Texas
Humble, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Spring, Texas

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