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10 Most Beautiful Night Blooming Flowers

Updated on August 16, 2014

Beauty After Dark

There's something about night blooming flowers that's just magic - they're a rare kind of beauty and there's something fascinating about them. Here are some of the most beautiful night bloomers from around the world. You can even grow some of these in your own garden!

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Pictured is the Egyptian Water Lily or "Blue Lotus".

The Night-Blooming Cereus

by Harriet Monroe (1860 to 1936)

FLOWER of the moon!

Still white is her brow whom we worshiped on earth long ago;

Yea, purer than pearls in deep seas, and more virgin than snow.

The dull years veil their eyes from her shining, and vanish afraid,

Nor profane her with age-the immortal, nor dim her with shade.

It is we are unworthy, we worldlings, to dwell in her ways;

We have broken her altars and silenced her voices of praise.

She hath hearkened to singing more silvern, seen raptures more bright;

To some planet more pure she hath fled on the wings of the night,-

Flower of the moon!

Yet she loveth the world that forsook her, for, lo! once a year

She, Diana, translucent, pale, scintillant, down from her sphere

Floateth earthward like star-laden music, to bloom in a flower,

And our hearts feel the spell of the goddess once more for an hour.

See! she sitteth in splendor nor knoweth desire nor decay,

And the night is a glory around her more bright than the day,

And her breath hath the sweetness of worlds where no sorrow is known;

And we long as we worship to follow her back to her own,-

Flower of the moon!

Harriet Monroe

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Growing Night Blooming Flowers

The Twilight Garden: Creating a Garden That Entrances by Day and Comes Alive at Night
The Twilight Garden: Creating a Garden That Entrances by Day and Comes Alive at Night

Learn how to grow your own night bloomers with this great book from Lia Leendertz.

 

Dragon Fruit Flower

The dragon fruit's showy flowers are matched only by it's wild looking fruit. Dragon fruit is also delicious. You can grow dragonfruit in warm climates like Southern California.

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Flowering Tobacco

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Flowering Tobacco or "Nicotiana alata" comes in many varieties, but it's the old fashioned white flowered one that has the fragrant night-time scent.

They bloom in spring and summer and like full to partial shade. Keep them in average to moist, well drained soil rich in organic matter. Keep them watered during dry spells and cut stems to keep them in bloom longer.

Four O'Clock

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The Four O'Clock gets its name from it's habit of blooming in the late afternoon. It has a sweet smelling perfume and attracts pollinators like the Sphinx Hawkmoth.

They do best in warmer climates, planted in full sun.

Mojave Yucca

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Mojave yucca is an evergreen tree native to the Southwestern US and Mexico. It thrives in the desert and needs no summer water.

Moonflower

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Moonflower is a member of the Ipomoea family, more commonly known as Morning Glory. Unlike the blue or purple blooms of the Morning Glory, the Moonflower blooms at night and emits a heady fragrance.

Datura Inoxia

Tuberose

Photo: Some rights reserved by faeparsons The tuberose is more famous for its fragrance but the flowers are lovely as well.

Angel's Trumpet

Night Blooming Cereus

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The Night-Blooming Cereus is a special plant - it's a cactus, but instead of deserts, it's from tropical climates. It only blooms once or twice a year, so to make the most out of your cereus by taking great care of it.

For potted plants, keep the temperature above 35°. During the wintertime, keep the plant in an area where nighttime temperatures range between 32° and 60° at all times.

Let the soil dry between waterings. Cut down on the waterings from November to March.Saturate your soil when you water so that a little bit runs out of the drainage holes.

In March you can start fertilizing. These plants are moderate feeders, so a solution prepared at a strength of 1/4 teaspoon per gallon of water, applied once a week is a good general guideline. In the wintertime, stop feeding. Use a balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 or a blooming fertilizer.

Watch out for mealy bugs, and fungal leaf spot. Too wet or too cool conditions can cause problems with roots and stems.

Brahma Kamala

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    • HwangSeongMina profile image

      HwangSeongMina 3 years ago from USA

      Night blooming flowers do seem magical. These lovely blooms are a sight to behold.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These were so pretty. I love the angel trumpet tree. The idea of a night blooming garden is really cool.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      @asereht1970: Thanks! Glad you liked it.

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Very much! First time I saw a picture of a Four O'Clock and a Flowering Tobacco. Very nice pictures.

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      @jc stone: Hey, thanks for your comment - I updated that section with some care instructions, so check them out and good luck! Usually you can get almost anything to bloom with the right fertilization schedule.

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      Jordan 3 years ago

      I have a Night Blooming Cereus and it has been growing for years but no flower yet. I can not wait to see it and yes the night it opens i will stay up or set the alarm! Nice lens! I did not think of any other flowers that might bloom at night.

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Nice selection!

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      JessicaLVine LM 3 years ago

      Those are really lovely!

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love them all! The Brahma Kamala above is gorgeous, and the Blue Lotus at the beginning of the article was quite beautiful as well. I really enjoyed seeing all these night blooming flowers! Very pretty indeed :)

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      boiscanot 4 years ago

      Well itemized for future reference! Your photos are wonderful.

      Thx for this, boiscanot

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      My friend had a night garden, and I always thought it was amazing. Nice lens, bookmarked.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I love them. I used to have moonflowers. Beautiful photos.

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      clevergirlname 4 years ago

      Lovely flowers! Beautiful!

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      Beautiful!

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      Nadooa 4 years ago

      I loved the Brahma Kamala the most, I have yet to see such flowers other than online. Thank you for sharing this with us :)

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      @ohcaroline: You should definitely try again if they're hardy in your climate zone. I see huge ones growing all over California and some are definitely not being cared for so they seem resilient.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      I'm particularly fond of the angel's trumpet. I've tried to grow them...but not a lot of success yet.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      I never knew flowers could bloom in the dark :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have lots of those trumpet flowers in our garden in the Philippines. You made me miss them.

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      Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

      I didn't know there were so many night blooming flowers. I've been fascinated with the moon flower. Will have to hunt these others. I better bring a flashlight!

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      Tom Maybrier 4 years ago

      @webmavern: Many of them have extremely strong scents - tuberose especially.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      These flowers are amazing! I wonder if they smell as exotic as they look. My favorite is the Angel's Trumpet, think I have seen some when I was on holiday.