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Large-flowered yesterday-today-and-tomorrow

Brunfelsia grandiflora

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This beautiful tree-like shrub is best known for its display of purple, lavender and white impatiens-like flowers as well as for its delightful scent. It makes a lovely specimen plant and is great planted near a window or entrance where the fragrance can be appreciated.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick fragrant flowers when open and bring them indoors to fill the area with it's lovely fragrance.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 15 cm cuttings in late spring. Remove the bottom third of leaves and dip into hormone rooting powder. Place in potting soil in a bright airy position. Keep moist.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Including butterflies.
Attractive flowers
The purple flowers fade to lilac and then white over a period of three days.

Geography

Origin
Brazil
Natural climate
Subtropical

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
The amazonian tribes used this plant to treat fevers, arthritis, snake bites and yellow fever.

Personality

Family
Solanaceae
Flower colour
Purple, lavender and white.
Scent
Strong

Problems

Yellow leaves can be an indicator of alkaline soil or lack of Magnesium. Add epsom salts! Pests include mealy bugs and red spider mites.

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