10 Most Beautiful Night Blooming Flowers
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!
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!
Growing Night Blooming Flowers
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.
Photo: Some rights reserved by MargaretNapier
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.
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 is an evergreen tree native to the Southwestern US and Mexico. It thrives in the desert and needs no summer water.
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.
Photo: Some rights reserved by faeparsons The tuberose is more famous for its fragrance but the flowers are lovely as well.
Night Blooming Cereus
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 35Â°. During the wintertime, keep the plant in an area where nighttime temperatures range between 32Â° and 60Â° 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.