Flowers That Bloom Only At Night
The night can bring with the long-awaited coolness the strong fragrance of some plants that only bloom under the moonlight, of course, metaphorically speaking. The atmosphere is one full of romanticism and it is an ideal way to end a hard day, enjoying the sight with a steamy cup of tea which will make your night more relaxing. This is why flowers that bloom only at night should be a constant presence in your gardens, for a continuous floral show and an incessant delight of senses. Below are some of these flowers that bloom only at night:
The first on the list is the evening primrose, a beautiful yellow flowered thus named because the flower blossoms only at night. The plant, indigenous to North America, is famous medically. Its seeds, leaves, oil of the seeds and root are used in medicines. Night-time insects like nocturnal sphinx moth pollinate these plants.
Nicotiana affinis, also known as Nicotiana alata, is a classic tobacco plant with a delicious evening scent. It has been justly popular for over a century and a firm favorite with generations of gardeners. This old fashioned species bears abundant branching sprays of pure white, star-shaped, sweetly perfumed flowers on robust plants.
Night blooming cereus or the queen of the night is a common name refers to many different plants, but all are night-blooming cacti. Most of them feature large, spectacular, sweet-scented white blooms that look like fireworks. The blooms open at night and usually start wilting by sunrise. Unless you live in a tropical area, these should be treated as house plants, keeping them outside in summer in cold areas but brought inside for winter.
Ipomoea or the moon flowers, bearing this name because they bloom in moonlight. These are beautiful pink or white flowers which quickly open at night and last the entire night. They close when the sunlight touches their wide petals. Specialists recommend the flower should by planted when the moon is new or increasing.
Pitaya or the dragon fruit flowers is another cactus species which blooms at night. Its flowers are of an exquisite beauty, with white petals and shaggy and yellow stamens.
The four o’clocks are fascinating plants that come in different color patterns. They bloom in late afternoon, hence the name four o’clocks, and exude a strong, sweet fragrance all night, then close in the morning. The blooms stay open if it is cloudy outside over the day. Flowers also change color, such as the yellow ones turn pink as they age, and the white ones change to light violet.
Sources: Smashinglists.com, Oddstuffmagazine.com, Avasflowers.net