15 Fascinating Flowers That Bloom Only at Night
Night-blooming flowers have a certain mystique and charm that sets them apart from their daytime-blooming counterparts. Their unique blooming schedules are often linked to pollination by nocturnal animals like moths and bats. Here are 15 fascinating flowers that bloom only at night:
Moonflower (Ipomoea alba): The large, fragrant, white blossoms of the Moonflower open in the evening and remain open until the morning sun.
Night-Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum): Also known as the Queen of the Night, this cactus species produces breathtaking white flowers that open at night and close by morning.
Evening Primrose (Oenothera biennis): The Evening Primrose boasts bright yellow flowers that unfurl in the late afternoon and bloom throughout the night.
Night-Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum): Emitting a sweet, intense fragrance, this jasmine variety releases its scent at night when its small greenish-white flowers bloom.
Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata): Found in the Himalayas, this flower blooms only once a year at night and is considered sacred in Hindu mythology.
Datura (Datura spp.): Also called Moonflowers or Jimsonweed, Datura produces trumpet-shaped flowers that open in the evening and are often highly fragrant.
Belle de Nuit (Mirabilis jalapa): Also known as Four O’Clock Flowers, these colorful trumpet-shaped flowers open in the late afternoon or evening.
Dragon Fruit Cactus (Hylocereus undatus): While the Dragon Fruit itself is not a flower, the cactus blooms beautiful white flowers that open at night, eventually giving way to the fruit.
Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus (Epiphyllum hookeri): With stunning white, fragrant flowers, this cactus species blooms exclusively at night.
Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis): These small, delicate flowers release a captivating fragrance at night, attracting moths for pollination.
Selenicereus grandiflorus (Queen of the Night): Another cactus variety, the Queen of the Night produces large white flowers that open at night and remain open until sunrise.
Silene (Silene spp.): Certain species of Silene, like Silene noctiflora, produce flowers that open during the evening hours.
Cereus peruvianus (Peruvian Apple Cactus): This cactus species blooms with fragrant, white flowers at night.
Casablanca Lily (Lilium ‘Casablanca’): While lilies are generally associated with daytime, the Casablanca Lily opens its large, white flowers in the evening.
Night Phlox (Phlox divaricata): Also known as Woodland Phlox, this plant has flowers that open in the late afternoon and emit a pleasant fragrance into the night.
These night-blooming flowers offer a unique and enchanting experience, providing a special charm to evening gardens and attracting fascinating nocturnal pollinators. Keep in mind that their blooming patterns might vary depending on environmental factors and geographic locations.