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Brunfelsia pauciflora

Also known as

Morning-Noon-And-Night, Brazil Raintree, Verbleikblom (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow Overview

The profusion of purple, lavender and white flowers which cover this bush from early spring through summer, together with its intoxicating fragrance make this a popular shrub. It is virtually disease free and requires little maintenance besides regular watering and monthly fertilizing. An added bonus is that it attracts butterflies to the garden.

Common problems with Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow

Red spider mite, whitefly, thrips and mealybug.

Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow Companion Plants

Brunfelsia pauciflora makes a good companion to Rhododendron (Azaleas) and Fuchsia species (Fuchsias). Grow it with Cineraria (Cinerarias) or Muscari species (Grape hyacinths) placed at its feet to enhance the colour of its blooms.

How to harvest Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow

Pick fragrant flowers when open to fill a room with it's wonderful scent.

How to propagate Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow


Take 10 cm cuttings of new growth in spring. Dip into hormone rooting powder. Plant in compost rich soil in a pot and place in bright filtered light. New growth should appear in four to six weeks.

Special features of Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects like butterflies.

Pot plant

This is a good container plant. Feed regularly and prune lightly to keep compact.

Hedge plant

Can make a fragrant hedge or clipped into soft shapes like spheres.

Attractive flowers

The flower starts purple with a white throat, fading to lavender and finally to white.

Other uses of Yesterday-Today-And-Tomorrow



Brunfelsia pauciflora make beautiful garden or potted plants. Grow them close to your home to enjoy their lovely fragrance.

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