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PlantFiles: 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)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

25 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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


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 MLinFL 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 Lovesbling 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 catfifer 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 dwaynet 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.


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)
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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