Brunfelsia lactea, Lady of the night

Brunfelsia lactea

Lady of the night
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Puerto Rico
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersPoisonous or toxicPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plant

Brunfelsia lactea, commonly known as the Lady of the Night, is a large shrub hailing from the tropical regions of Puerto Rico. It grows up to 10 feet in height, forming an upright structure with a rounded shape. Its small, oval-shaped leaves are deep green in color, giving this shrub an attractive, bushy appearance.

The most striking feature of the Lady of the Night is its flowers. They bloom in clusters of 3 to 6, and range in color from off-white to white, each flower measuring an inch or two in length. What makes this plant so special is that the flowers are deeply fragrant, especially at night, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

In terms of care, the Lady of the Night grows best when planted in semi-shade and watered regularly, but it doesn't need too much attention. It can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. When growing in a pot in cold regions, take extra care to protect the plant during winter and the temperature should not fall below 30°F.

The Lady of the Night is toxic, so children and pets should be kept away from it.

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