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BOTANICAL NAME:  Brunfelsia grandiflora

​PRONUNCIATION:  brun-FELZ-ee-uh gran-dif-FLOR-uh

FAMILY:  Solanaceae

TYPE:  Perennial - Sun

HEIGHT:  8-10 feet

SPREAD:  5-8 feet

SPACING:  2-3 feet; but best used singly; is native to woodland areas of Brazil.

HABIT:  Bushy growth all summer with flowers starting dark lavender, fading to light purple and then to white before falling. Very pleasant fragrance; spring flowering; summer flowering; fall flowering. Typically multi-trunked or clumping stems.

CULTURE:  Easy to grow in any well-drained soil, likes good bed preparation. Drought tolerant. Regular fertilization will create more blooms.


LIGHT REQUIREMENT:  part shade to part sun


SOIL SALT TOLERANCES:  Moderate. In zones colder than 9, grow yesterday-today-and-tomorrow in a pot so you can bring it indoors when temperatures drop.

USES:  Summer color, pots, hanging baskets. Specimen; accent; border; foundation; mass planting; screen; trained as a standard. Attracts hummingbirds.

PROBLEMS:  Few pest problems ever noted.

NOTES:  Outstanding plant: plant has outstanding ornamental features and could be planted more. The shrub is nicely suited for displaying as a specimen or can be combined with others in a shrub border. It can be used along the foundation of   commercial buildings but grows too large for planting along most house foundations. Flowering is acceptable in the partial shade. Selective pruning can keep the plant at any height from 4 to about 8 feet.

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