Brunfelsia Species, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

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 pauciflora var. calycina
Synonym:Franciscea calycina
Synonym:Franciscea confertiflora
Synonym:Franciscea pauciflora
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Under 1"

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Santa Barbara, California

Vacaville, California

Auburndale, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Beverly Hills, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida

Bradenton, Florida

Brandon, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, 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(2 reports)

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 29, 2015, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as new in my garden. Did not realize before buying that it was poisonous and since I have pets, I will need to be alert. Pets are not particularly curious about plants, but I'll have to be watchful anyway. Planted in amended clay soil, full sun, north location. My new plant is in bloom, very pretty with diff color blooms, but I thought they stunk.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.


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).


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.


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!


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.


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.


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!