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Brunfelsia pauciflora

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

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 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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11 positives
4 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative laurel61 On Jan 21, 2014, laurel61 from Valrico, FL wrote:

How do I kill this plant? My little dog is allergic to it and I need to get rid of it. I attempted to dig it out, but it just grew back. to boot, now it is growing in more places.

Please, please give me a way to get rid of it!
Thanks so much for any remedies.

Neutral downunda On Nov 17, 2013, downunda wrote:

I have two of these plants and their fragrance is sensual. However, have seen the effects of this plant on dogs you will know it needs to be removed from the garden. The effects of ingestion are horrific.

Negative Polno On Jan 25, 2012, Polno from Manhattan, KS wrote:

I've just read of a veterinarian's report (from California) of acute poisoning in a beagle that ate this plant. Therefore pet owners should be highly cautious in planting this shrub in an area where pets may ingest.

Positive sydney11 On May 19, 2010, sydney11 from Kentfield
United States wrote:

I have had one of these shrubs for a couple of years. It is one that I love. However it has been deciduous in our back yard in Marin. I just put in two more in our front yard. It has a bit of a different exposure. I am hoping it will not drop its leaves there. Has anybody else found it to be deciduous?

Positive Blackwill On May 3, 2010, Blackwill from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

I've got a great Brunfelsia specimen in the back corner of my yard, where it is shaded by the house for the majority of the year. It does exceedingly well in shade to part-shade. The fragrance and profusion of blooms for most of the year are exquisite.

I recently dug up an off-shoot to transplant into my front yard, but do not think I got enough of the root system for it to take. We'll see...

All in all, it's a great plant for shady areas, but watch out for the seeds. I've read that they are terribly poisonous, as are most parts of the plant.

Positive npschutz On Oct 26, 2008, npschutz from San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a super, hardy, non-deciduous shrub that takes little care and is not intrusive in smaller gardens. Foliage is pretty and blossoms terrific. Has anyone had experience trying to transplant it? I need to move my mature and happy plant - hope I can!

Neutral peony_fan On Jul 21, 2008, peony_fan from College Station, TX wrote:

Only after planting my small 24 in. shrub did I notice its tag stated "do not tamp down soil" I have never encountered this instruction from any source. Perhaps it is critical, as my plant has only hung on, not flourished. More importantly, I think, is the nursery tag instruction, like most comments above, to plant in full sun. Perhaps it means full sun North of Zone 7. It appears not able to tolerate the intense SE Texas sun. I do have rather salty city water, I am told. Has anyone encountered the need for exclusively rain water in such a case?

I have uprooted it, put it into a container with loose soil, and moved it into a part sunny location. Fingers crossed. I hope to enjoy the beauty you all report.

Positive The_Lorax On May 22, 2008, The_Lorax from Quito
Ecuador wrote:

I'm from Brunfelsia's native range and will always have some in my garden. I love the colour and the scent.

There's only one thing to be cautious of, which is the plant's Solanales ancestry - most parts are at least mildly toxic, and the berries are very very poisonous. If you've got small kids, or pets that like to chew plants, you might want to grow it out of their grabbing range.

Positive suzyq1220 On Nov 8, 2007, suzyq1220 from Beaumont, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

My plant is just beautiful. It has spread to produce many other plants. It grows in the shade on the west side of my house under a very large oak tree. It gets some sun when it is directly above the house. It survives on rain as I do not provide additional water. I need to transplant some of the "offspring" but don't know exactly how to do so.

Neutral macybee On Jun 30, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I probably have the compact one also. Mine is just a stick, it is not bushy at all. Soon I will be fertilizing, maybe that will help. Any other suggestions?
It's in P sun/P shade. It's been raining here like crazy. I have not had to water anything very much. In a large container, about 4'. (Pot and all)

Positive ladyannne On May 4, 2007, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

My mother gave me her plant, it sits on the front porch and is the envy of the neighborhood. Exquisite fragrance, very showy as the dark purple blue blossoms fade each day to eventually become white. Plenty of seeds but I have not been successful getting them to sprout yet.

Neutral Connie_G On Jul 10, 2006, Connie_G from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I just bought this bush (it's about 3 feet tall) and the card from "Greenleaf Nursery" says "part shade to shade." I write this because someone above said it needs direct sun.

I have the "compact" variety that gets about 3-5 feet tall and just as wide. The card also explains...
purple flowers (yesterday) turn to
lavender (= today), and then to
white (= tomorrow).

Positive emama2 On Apr 12, 2005, emama2 from Tampa, FL wrote:

This shrub has bloomed from November straight through til March. Now it has shed a few leaves and replenished with all new ones..The blooms were beautiful, and I have a feeling it isn't finished for the year yet. It's about 10ft tall, and the previous owners of my house lived here for about 20 yrs. So, I feel it may have been here a long time, beginning as a little bush. I would love to have a yard full of them!!! The tri-colored array is a wonderful addition to any landscape.

Positive SudieGoodman On Apr 12, 2005, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I am excited about adding this one to my landscape in Zone 8b. Thanks for information!

Positive gailforshee On May 5, 2004, gailforshee from Donalsonville, GA wrote:

I have had great luck with this plant in southwestern Georgia. Although it is said to need full sun, it grown well for me in a semi-shady bed. I have yet to root some cuttings from it, but plan to do so this week. Lovely plant. Would like to have them all over my yard. Beautiful.

Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 9, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This lovely shrub is a favorite spring bloomer here in central Florida. It is easily propagated by cuttings.

Positive Lavanda On Jun 9, 2003, Lavanda from Mcallen, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has beautiful blooms.

It is a tropical plant, and is used as hanging baskets, potted or in the ground in warm regions year round in zones 9 and above. For the rest of us, it can be a house plant, and put outside in warm to hot weather. Also may be grown in a greenhouse.

It is caled yesterday, today, and tomorrow because at one time there will be white, lavender, and purple blooms on the same plant. The fragrance is heavenly!


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

Mobile, Alabama
Bakersfield, California
Glendale, California
Greenbrae, California
Irvine, California
La Mesa, California
Laguna Niguel, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Martinez, California
Merced, California
Mission Viejo, California
Palm Springs, California
San Gabriel, California
San Jose, California
San Pablo, California
Vacaville, California
Auburndale, Florida
Bartow, Florida
Beverly Hills, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Miami, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Silver Springs, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Valrico, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Donalsonville, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (5 reports)
Gonzales, Louisiana
Houma, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
Schriever, Louisiana
Gold Beach, Oregon
Beaufort, South Carolina
Angleton, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
College Station, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Galveston, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
Huffman, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Oakhurst, Texas
Orange, Texas
Pasadena, Texas
Rockport, Texas
Sour Lake, Texas
Willis, Texas

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