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Lady of the Night

Brunfelsia jamaicensis

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brunfelsia (brun-FELZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: jamaicensis (ja-may-KEN-sis) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Redondo Beach, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Lake Worth, Florida

Honolulu, Hawaii

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 21, 2016, smileclick from Sydney,
Australia wrote:

I have both the Brunfelsia jamaicensis and a Brunfelsia americana. Comparing the two:
1. they appear to grow about the same size
2. jamaicensis in the evening has a fresh citrus like fragrance very similar to a common white fragipani tree, and Magnolia grandiflora. americana has the same fragrance but with a spicy overlay.
3. Jamaicensis seems to have flushes of flowers, where as the americana flowers one by one.
4. Jamaicensis has whiter and larger flowers, but flowers later (from late summer) - americana flowers sporadically from spring onwards.
5. Jacamensis' flowers stay white until the drop to the ground, whereas Americana's fade from light cream to through to light brown before they drop.
5. Both will grow, but won't flower without receivi... read more

Positive

On Apr 26, 2010, morabeza79 from Honolulu (upper Mānoa), HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Fantastic fragrant ornamental. Still quite rare in Hawai'i gardens where the most common Brunfelsia cultivated is B. americana. My friend has an old one in his garden in Wai'alae and it sets seed and produces volunteers. His climate is warm and dry and is growing adjacent to racks of Pachypodium and other Madagascar Euphorbia growing in pots. I don't know if more than one clone is necessary to make seed, but I sort of doubt it.

Positive

On Nov 25, 2009, LidijaM from Belgrade,
wrote:

I love it! I sow seeds in January 2009, sprung up after 2-3 weeks. The first flower I saw in November. Smells heavenly! Likes full sun, but avoid midday and requires lots of water during the season.

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