We are used to enjoying the beauty of plants in the light of day. It is pleasant to watch how the sun’s rays play on multi-colored petals, how a garden pleases with the variegation and richness of colors. With the onset of dusk, the colors fade, as if the darkness does not tolerate anything that stands out. But nature went against the dusk, and nocturnal plants appeared. In the article, we want to tell you about beautiful night-blooming flowers. They seem to remind us that even in impenetrable darkness, there is a place for bright lights
What Flower Blooms at Night?
The moonflower (Ipomoea alba) has a pink or white color that can only be seen at night. By the way, precisely because the Ipomoea blossoms only in the moonlight, it got its name.
Alyssum is a wonderful shrub. Gardeners love it for its unpretentiousness and ability to bloom from spring to autumn. Leaves are small, oblong. The flowers have four petals and are white, yellow, pink, and purple. Night varieties can hardly boast of large, deliciously shaped flowers. But they have a common feature that attracts many gardeners. It is an unforgettable, alluring scent that can be enjoyed all night long.
Fragrant tobacco is one of the most popular night-blooming plants. This annual is distinguished by unobtrusive but bright flowers, as well as a special aroma that intensifies in the evening.
Night gladiolus (the botanical name is gladiolus Tristis) is a creamy yellow flower with a very pleasant, spicy aroma. The height of the night gladiolus is about 36-48 inches. It blooms from late spring to mid-summer. You need to be careful with this plant, as certain parts of it are poisonous and can cause irritation or allergies.
Another poisonous flower that only blooms at night is Datura. Since ancient times, it has been used by shamans for performing occult rituals. The sap of the plant causes hallucinations and a complete inability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Mental disorders are accompanied by tachycardia, photophobia, and sometimes amnesia.
Beautiful yellow flowers open only in the evening. That is why this flower received such a name. The seeds, leaves, and roots of this plant are widely used for medicinal purposes. In the evening you can observe the appearance of insects that pollinate this flower. Evening primrose grows to a height of 3 to 5 feet and flowers up to 2 inches.
The flowering period lasts all summer, from June to the end of August. During the day the flowers are closed and look wilted, which makes the plant less impressive. But in the evening and at night, its brushes bloom, flowers open, and an intoxicating honey aroma spread around it. Flowers are white, purple, lilac, and pale yellow.
The Echinocereus cactus deserves special attention. Originally from warm Central and South America, it belongs to liana-like epiphytic cacti. The flowers are predominantly white, with oblong petals, and in the center are large golden-yellow stamens. The peculiarity of Echinocereus is that its huge white flowers that bloom at night look very bright and emit a pleasant and delicate aroma.
This fragrant night-blooming flower is also called midnight candy because it has a honey-almond-vanilla aroma. It is often grown in flower beds or in containers near the home to enjoy its sweet scent in the evenings.
A perennial plant, but it is considered a two-year culture since it most often dies in the third year. It blooms with small lilac flowers, collected in graceful loose inflorescence in the form of a panicle. Flowering lasts from late May to early August. All varieties are distinguished by a unique aroma, which manifests itself most vividly at night.
The queen of the night, or epiphyllum, also known as Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus, is one of the most popular and widespread cacti native to Central America and northern South America. The “queen of the night” blooms very rarely and only at night. Often, the buds ripen for a whole year, but even in such cases, the flower does not please the eye for long – the sun rises, and the luxurious bud is already withering.
This beautiful night flower is native to meadows and rocky limestone soils in the United States. It is especially famous under the name “chocolate chamomile”, as it exudes a pleasant chocolate aroma. It blooms with colorful yellow flowers only at night, saturating the air with the aroma of cocoa until morning.
Night jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) blooms in the warm months with tiny tubular greenish-white flowers that open only at night and saturate the air with a very strong, pleasant aroma. But for all its beauty, this plant is dangerous to humans, since its flowers and berries contain toxic elements.
Mirabilis forms large, well-leafy tall bushes up to 2 ft in height, which branch well without additional pinching. Mirabilis develops so quickly that in the middle of summer it looks more like a shrub than an annual flower. The aroma of mirabilis is characterized as sweet and delicate, reminiscent of the smell of orange and vanilla.
Brahma Kamal Lotus
Mountain lotus, which is also called the Flower of the Gods, comes from India, Northern Burma, and southwestern China. The petals of the Flower of the Gods begin to open immediately after sunset, it blooms for only one night. Brahma-Kamal is a hermaphrodite plant pollinated by insects.
Even though this plant is poisonous, it is often grown in the garden. The plant is so fond of flower growers due to its unusual flowers that unfold at nightfall, and the stunning aroma that fills the nighttime garden.
This yellowish-white nocturnal plant flower is native to rocky shores and hillsides. Closed during the daytime, its flowers bloom in late twilight or at night and exude a strong aroma that attracts various nocturnal insects.
Lobularia belongs to the cabbage family. An easy-care plant that emits a pleasant smell at night. This spicy honey scent attracts many insects. At first sight, small flowers look quite simple, but they are combined into racemose inflorescence that blooms together and for a long time.
Night Water Lilies
Such wonderful tropical flowers blooming in the pond at night should not be ignored. We recommend that you take a closer look at Nymphaea ‘Wood’s White Knight‘. This midnight bloom flower is perhaps the most popular of its variety. Just imagine how beautiful this large, white, momentary flower will look in the light of moonlight.
Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’
You’ve probably seen these flowers. Casa Blanca is widely used in perfumery and weddings. It belongs to the genus of lilies, numbering more than 110 varieties. Each flower has 6 petals and colors range from white, yellow, purple, orange to pink. Just imagine how beautiful it would be if you plant all the colors of this lily in the garden. The flowers are elegant, delicate, and also smell great.
Why Are Night-Blooming Flowers Generally White?
A question that worries many. Indeed, looking at our list, you can see that most of the flowers that bloom in the dark are white. But the answer is quite simple enough: they just do not need to spend resources on the release of colored pigments to attract insects. But at night they become visible to them since the white color refracts light well.
The beauty of nature is unique. Just imagine a wonderful evening with a cool breeze that gently touches your cheeks. You are walking the whole family down the street, holding a warm cup of tea and inhaling the pleasant, wonderful aroma of night flowers. There is no better way to relax after a hard day’s work. And if during your amazing walk you come across magnificent flowers blooming at such a late time, believe us, this would only add to your happiness. And the plants, which we talked about above, would come in handy for such a magical night garden.
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