The Q&A Archives: Brunfelsia

Question: I would like as much information on all 3 types of brunfelsia. I can't seem to find anyone who knows a lot about them. One nursery told me that the yesterday today and tomarrow is the big one called the floribunda. I then heard that the big one is called the grandiflora. Do you have some information on these?

Answer: Brunfelsia pauciflora are (mostly) evergreen shrubs that grow in partial shade and need ample water. They lose their leaves for a short period of time if grown in cold regions. Brunfelsia pauciflora "Eximia' is a somewhat dwarfed, compact version of 'Floribunda', and is the more widely planted variety. The flowers are smaller, but more generously produced. Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda' (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow) will reach 10' feet or more with multiple stems. It flowers profusely. The common name comes from the quick color change of blossoms from purple (yesterday),to lavender (today), to white (tomorrow). Brunfelsia 'Grandiflora' differs from the above in that it's the most tender, has a more slender growth habit, and larger leaves (up to 8" inches long). The flowers are 2-4 inches across, deep purple with a lavender zone bordering a white throat.

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