Lady of the Night
Brunfelsia americana

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brunfelsia (brun-FELZ-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

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

Brooksville, Florida

Clearwater, Florida

Haines City, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jupiter, Florida

Melrose, Florida

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Mulberry, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Thonotosassa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida (2 reports)

Ainaloa, Hawaii

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Kailua, Hawaii

Mililani, Hawaii

Lafayette, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Ladys Island, South Carolina

Cedar Park, Texas

Highlands, Texas

Houston, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Seabrook, Texas

Spring, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
2
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On May 10, 2014, annhelen from Townsend, GA wrote:

I don't have this particular Brunfelsia, but my horticulture books say to take woody cuttings in fall, in a lot of sand and some peat moss. Another source online says green wood cuttings in spring.

Negative

On Nov 10, 2013, BlueHeeler from Kailua, HI wrote:

Aloha,

We live in Hawaii and just moved from one part of Oahu to another.

In the previous place, I have a Brunfelsia amrericana plant that is doing well.

After we moved I wanted it at our new place.

I went back a got some branches to make cuttings to grow.

So far I have used RootBoost and Dip n Grow with No success.

The cuttings that I am using are less than 1/4 in in diameter.

Some are dark hard wood and others are softer green wood.

I have tried using a variety of store bought potting soils.

I also tried growing from seeds with no results.

Any help in growing "Lady of the Night" will be appreciated.

Thank You

Positive

On Sep 23, 2013, MLinFL from West Palm Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Lovesbling--Hopefully this is not too late: my neighbours use seeds to propagate. These may sprout slowly. I've read elsewhere that the plant does not transplant well, but a seedling in a pot, with minimal roots, should establish normally, or direct seed in the new location.

Negative

On Jul 6, 2013, Lovesbling from Estepona
Spain wrote:

I have an old very large but gorgeous Lady of the Night plant??? Bush????? but sadly it has to be cut down because a new automatic gate is being fitted I need to know if it is possible to take cuttings from the plant which is at the moment at its most fabulous and fragrant. When I ask this question the answers I get are cuttings to take into the house for decoration and smell.
Can anyone offer advice please. Thank you.

Positive

On Apr 21, 2005, catfifer from Jupiter, FL wrote:

Blooms in the evening with a delightful fragrance. The scent floats in the air like a gardenia but much softer. Ideal for placement near entry or in night garden.

Positive

On Jul 28, 2004, dwaynet from Los Baos
Philippines wrote:

New flowers are white but fade quickly with age to cream.
Named Lady of the Night for its powerful fragrance in the evening; it is only slightly fragrant during the day.