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Brunfelsia americana, Lady of the night

Brunfelsia americana

Lady of the night
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Brazil
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPoisonous or toxicPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Brunfelsia americana (Lady of the Night), native to Brazil, is a large shrub growing 5-10 ft tall. It prefers full sun to semi-shade, regular watering and well-drained soils. This plant produces creamy white to off-white flowers which are quite fragrant especially at night. They are also attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.

Brunfelsia americana can be grown in a container in cold regions in USDA Zone 9-11, but is only mature-plant cold hardy down to temperatures in the 30s F for a short time. To ensure that your plant survives during cold weather, make sure it is planted in a large enough container, so that it can be moved indoors in late autumn. When keeping the plant indoors, make sure it is placed in a bright window and watered regularly.

In conclusion, Brunfelsia americana is a beautiful and low-maintenance shrub, perfect for any garden. It's attractive flowers, with their sweet fragrant scent at night, will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. However, caution should be taken when handling the plant, as all parts of it are highly toxic.

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