Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld



species, hybrids and cultivars

Family: Solanaceae

The form of this shrub easily spotted in Brisbane gardens has distinctive purple flowers which fade over successive days, hence the common name "Yesterday Today and Tomorrow". The effect is of a bush which has several colours of flowers on the plant at the same time.

Fragrance is another bonus of this plant, which produces its main show of flowers in spring. a few flowers may ale be produced at other times. A disadvantage is a tendancy to sucker from the roots, so keep an eye on mixed shrubberies or brunfelsia hedges bordering flower beds and remove unwanted shoots promptly.

There's a confusing plethora of species and cultivar names seen in various literature referring to Brunfelsias with purple flowers. The most common type in Brisbane is probably B. latifolia (=B. bonodora? =B. australis?). Another type with fewer but larger flowers may also be encountered as B. pauciflora (=B. calycina var. eximia?) Hopefully, this confusing picture can be made a little clearer on this webpage in the future.

This genus was previously known as Franciscea

B. americana is a less common species with flowers which also change colour, but in the cream - yellow range. It's common name "Lady of the Night" comes from the fact that it's most fragrant at night.

Brunfelsia lactea and Brunsfelsia undulata may also be found in the marketplace occasionally.

In general, Brunfelsia are easy to grow and an ideal compliment to a cottage garden or traditional style flower garden in the tropics. More information about Brunfelsia coming to this page in the future.

Possible misspelling: Brunsfelsia

Where to buy Brunfelsia plants


You can expect most garden centres in the (sub)tropical parts of Qld to carry at least the common "yesterday today tommorrow" and the dwarf form. You may have to hunt around for more unusual types.

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More Online Information

The following are for general information, research and ideas - some species or cultivars referred to in links are probably not available commercially in Australia
GRIN Species Records of Brunfelsia Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), United States Department of Agriculture
Brunfelsia (Yesterday, today and tomorrow) Queensland Poisons Information Centre
Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Brunfelsia Pauciflora 'Macrantha' California Horticultural Society
Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Macrantha' Yesterday, today and tomorrow. The Royal Horticultural Society
Brunfelsia Grandiflora University of Florida (PDF)
Brunfelsia grandiflora Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Brunfelsia grandiflora Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Florida
Brunfelsia grandiflora Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER)
Brunfelsia americana Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Brunfelsia americana Flowers of India
Brunfelsia Americana post at Typicalgardener's Blog, Malaysia
Brunfelsia lactea Krug & Urban U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (PDF)
Small Trees for Miami-Dade Landscapes includes notes on Brunfelsia lactea (Jasmin del monte) University of Florida
Night time fragrance for your Miami-Dade garden includes notes on several uncommon Brunfelsia species
Brunfelsia densifolia Center For Plant Consevation
Brunfelsia densifolia Spring Plant Sale 2002, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Brunfelsia nitida Garden Adventures blog, Florida
Brunfelsia plicata (scroll down the page for picture and notes) Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida
Members' Day Plant Sale 2003 including picture and info on Brunfelsia maliformis, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Solanaceae Plants of Hawaii

Possible misspellings: Brunsfelsia, brunsfelsa

Older News

New Brunfelsia species a history maker

The requirement by the scientific community that new plant species be formally described in Latin has recently been dropped, with English descriptions now acceptable. This has paved the way for inclusion of DNA analysis to help distinguish the new species from close relatives. Brunfelsia plowmaniana, is the "first English-language diagnosis of a new species that relies exclusively on DNA data". DNA barcodes are likely to become more common in describing and identifying plants. Source: Plant DNA speaks English, identifies new species (March 2012)


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Brunfelsia latifolia

Brunfelsia americana



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