Night-Blooming Flowers

Enjoy your garden 24/7 by planting these beautiful, fragrant night-bloomers.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Bruce Leander for Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Photo By: Image courtesy of Bruce Leander for Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Chocolate Daisy

The chocolate flower, Berlandiera lyrata, blooms at night, releasing its heavenly chocolate scent until early in the morning.

Queen of the Night

Queen of the night only blooms once every one or two years. But once it does, prepare for a show. The nocturnal cactus can open several large flowers at once on summer nights.

Datura

Datura wrightii is known by many names—datura, moonflower, jimsonweed, angel's trumpet— and has quite an interesting history. But what we like best about the moonflower are its silky white night-opening blooms that attract sphinx moths and other pollinators.

'Red Flare' Water Lily

Nymphea 'Red Flare' is a tropical water lily with bold red blooms that float high over ponds and bogs through the night.

Dragonfuit Cactus

Beautiful, exotic dragonfruit comes from a night-blooming cactus. But be on the lookout: its flower only opens up for a single night before withering the next morning. 

Evening Primrose

Pink evening primrose opens up showy pink and white blooms in late afternoon. Pinkladies are hardy, vigorous spreaders that also attract bees. 

Missouri Primrose

Oenothera missouriensis, Missouri primrose, is another night-blooming primrose with large, bright lemon yellow flowers above narrow, light green foliage. It is drought tolerant and works great as a sprawling groundcover or cascading over a ledge.

Tobacco Plant

Though many varieties of the tobacco plant have flowers that are open throughout the day, it's the blooms' sweet evening fragrance that makes it an attractive midnight garden option.

'Casa Blanca' Lily

This oriental hybrid is known for its intense fragrance and night-blooming flowers. Its large white flowers are a favorite for weddings and will brighten up a summer garden.

Gardenia Augusta

This Southern charmer releases its sweet scent on late summer evenings.

Four O'Clocks

As its name would suggest, four o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) open their bright blooms in the afternoon. 

Easter Lily Cactus

Echinopsis, also known as the Easter lily cactus or night-blooming hedgehogs, produces striking white flowers on tall tubes. The fragrant blossoms open up for a night, then begin to whither the second day. 

Rain Lilies

Known primarily for opening up its fragrant blooms after a summer rain, a particular rain lily variety—Zephyranthes drummondii—is also nocturnal.

Tuberose

This fragrant summer bulb is said to hail from Mexico. Polianthes tuberosa shows tall spikes of white flowers that open at night, increasing its sweet fragrance.

Evening Stock

Matthiola incana 'Giant Excelsior' is a popular cottage plant loved for its intoxicating, clove-like scent that begins attracting pollinators at dusk.