Brunfelsia gigantea, Lady of the Night

Brunfelsia gigantea

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 plant

Brunfelsia gigantea is a large shrub that grows to about 5-10 feet tall. It is native to Brazil and is known for its beautiful white, off-white flowers and fragrant scent. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Even though this plant looks beautiful, all parts of it should be considered poisonous or toxic to the touch, especially the roots and the fruits.

Brunfelsia gigantea grows best in full sun to semi-shade and requires regular watering for health and growth. In USDA Zones 9-11, this plant does very well in a pot, as it can handle colder regions. To plant a Brunfelsia in a pot, make sure the pot is large enough and has good drainage, then fill it with a good quality soil mix that drains well. Provide enough space between plants, and make sure to water regularly and occasionally fertilize. As they grow, they may need pruning and may develop a leggy look. If this happens, prune the plant to give it a more compact shape, but avoid cutting through the flowering parts of the plant.

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