species, hybrids and cultivars
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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