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Zones 12-17, 20-28
Partial Sun
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Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
All parts are poisonous if ingested.

Brunfelsia pauciflora

Solanaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen

Native to tropical America. Ten-foot shrubs can be held to 3 ft. with pruning. They’re grown for showy clusters of white-throated, rich dark purple, tubular flowers opening to flat disks; bloom comes in spring and early summer. In all but the warmest locations, loses most of its foliage for a short period. These handsome plants deserve extra attention—give them rich, well-drained soil and regular feedings through the growing season. (Where soil tends to be alkaline, as in desert zones, add iron to prevent chlorosis.) Prune in spring to remove straggly growth and to shape. Performs well in containers.

Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)
Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda’ (photo courtesy of Monrovia)

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‘Floribunda’

The common name (Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow) comes from quick color change of blossoms: they turn from purple (“yesterday”) to lavender (“today”) to white (“tomorrow”). Flowers, several in a cluster and each opening to 2 in. wide, are borne profusely all over the plant. Oval leaves, 3–4 in. long and 1 1/2 in. wide, are dark green above, pale green below. Plant grows to 10 ft., but it can be held to 3 ft. by pruning. Has a rather spreading habit, with width nearly equal to height.

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