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17 Mesmerizing Flowers that Bloom After Dusk

Night Flowering

As the sun sets and the day transitions to night, imagine your garden transforming into a fragrant wonderland with blooms that come alive in the moonlight. In this captivating journey, we unveil the allure of 17 stunning night-blooming flowers that paint your yard with elegance and perfume the air with intoxicating scents. 

From the mysterious Evening Primrose to the enchanting Night-Blooming Cereus, each blossom has a tale to tell under the starry skies. Let’s get to know each one of them!

Evening Primrose (Oenothera)

Evening Primrose (Oenothera)

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The Evening Primrose, living up to its name, releases its lemon-like fragrance from evening till night. Beyond its beauty, its leaves, seeds, and oil boast various medicinal uses, making it a multifaceted addition to your garden. Thriving in USDA Zones 4-9, Evening Primrose prefers well-drained soil and full sun. 

Datura (Datura wrightii)

Datura (Datura wrightii)

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Known as the ‘Devil’s trumpet,’ the Datura boasts toxic blooms, demanding careful placement away from pets and children. Its presence near roadside trees or gardens adds a touch of mystery to the night. Suitable for USDA Zones 9-11, Datura prefers well-drained soil and full sun. 

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

Moonflower (Ipomoea alba)

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With large white and pink blooms that unfurl at sunset, the Moonflower bathes your garden in a sweet, musky fragrance. A true nocturnal beauty, it remains open until sunrise. Flourishing in USDA Zones 9-11, Moonflowers prefer well-drained soil and full sun. They are relatively low-maintenance and can be a stunning addition to warm-climate gardens.

Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis) 

Night Phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis) 

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Also crowned as the queen of the night, the Night Phlox spreads a sweet honey-like fragrance alongside bright yellow blossoms. It’s a floral symphony in the dark. Suited for USDA Zones 8-11, Night Phlox thrives in well-drained soil and full sun. It’s a resilient plant that rewards with its sweet fragrance at night.

Marsh Afrikaner Gladiolus (Gladiolus tristis)

Marsh Afrikaner Gladiolus (Gladiolus tristis)

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Thriving in moist soil, this colorful flower attracts bees, insects, and butterflies. A word of caution – it’s mildly toxic, making it essential to keep it away from pets and children. Ideal for USDA Zones 7-10, this Gladiolus species prefers moist soil and full sun. 

Four O’Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) 

Four O'Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) 

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Unfurling its petals in the late afternoon, the Four O’Clocks emanate a lemony, spicy fragrance in various shades. Their vibrant presence adds a splash of color to the night. Thriving in USDA Zones 7-11, Four O’Clocks prefer well-drained soil and full sun.

Night-Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

Night-Blooming Jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum)

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This evergreen shrub offers scented white flowers with a green tint throughout the year, provided it basks in plenty of sunlight during the day. A true beauty that blooms when the sun bids farewell. Suitable for USDA Zones 8-11, Night-Blooming Jasmine needs well-drained soil and full sun.

Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)

Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia)

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Hanging downwards like ethereal trumpets, these large, fragrant white, peach, or pink flowers complement the dark green foliage, creating a picturesque night scene. Suited for USDA Zones 9-11, Angel’s Trumpet prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

Night-Scented Orchid (Epidendrum nocturnum)

Night-Scented Orchid (Epidendrum nocturnum)

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Releasing its sweet fragrance under the moonlight, the Night-Scented Orchid demands well-draining soil and dappled light for its scented white blooms. Thriving in USDA Zones 10-12, this orchid prefers well-draining soil and dappled light.

Nicotiana (Nicotiana tabacum)

Nicotiana (Nicotiana tabacum)

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With shades of pink, white, red, or green, Nicotiana is a sweetly scented night bloomer that can be grown from both seeds and cuttings. Adaptable to USDA Zones 10-11, Nicotiana prefers well-drained soil and full sun. 

Casa Blanca Lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’) 

Casa Blanca Lily (Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’) 

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Emitting a mild, sweet scent in the night, the scented white blooms of the Casa Blanca Lily are a sight to behold, though toxic to cats and dogs. Suited for USDA Zones 5-9, this lily prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. 

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) 

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) 

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The Tuberose, a perennial that favors full sun and warm climates, offers clusters of strongly scented white blooms on a long spike in mid-to-late summer. Ideal for USDA Zones 7-10, Tuberose favors full sun and warm climates.

Evening Stock (Matthiola longipetala)

Evening Stock (Matthiola longipetala)

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Also known as night-scented stock, this hardy annual showcases fragrant purple and white flowers that appear wilted during the day, unfolding their beauty at night. Thriving in USDA Zones 5-9, Evening Stock prefers well-drained soil and full sun. 

Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)

Chocolate Daisy (Berlandiera lyrata)

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Drought-tolerant and emitting a fragrance reminiscent of chocolate, this plant offers fragrant yellow blooms in the evening. Adaptable to USDA Zones 4-9, Chocolate Daisy is drought-tolerant and prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

Easter Lily Cactus (Echinopsis)

Easter Lily Cactus (Echinopsis)

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Also known as night-blooming hedgehogs, this cactus features stunning white blossoms on tall tube-like stems, opening for a night and withering on the second day. This cactus is suitable for USDA Zones 9-11 and thrives in well-drained soil and full sun.

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)

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The Gardenia, a large evergreen shrub, unfolds lance-shaped white blooms that spread a lovely fragrance at dusk. Ideal for USDA Zones 8-11, Gardenia prefers well-drained acidic soil and full sun to partial shade.

Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

Night Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum)

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Opening up for a single night with an intensely sweet scent, this flower is a true night-blooming marvel. Suited for USDA Zones 10-12, this flower demands well-drained soil and partial to full sun.

 

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