Brunfelsia Plant – ‘Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia plant is an interesting shrub with its variety in flower colors. Being a native of Brazil, now it is widely grown in other parts of the world as a garden plant owing to its attractiveness.

The name yesterday-today-tomorrow suggests the three color phases of its flower. It is dark purple when blooms, then it becomes pale lavender and finally white. Other common names are Morning Noon Night, Sunday Monday Tuesday – all indicating the three colors.

There are several species from the same family with identical appearance. Some of them are:

  • Brunfelsia pauciflora
  • B.grandiflora
  • B.australis
  • B.latifolia

Apart from these, there are also many cultivars with minute differences between them. So, telling the correct id can be difficult. Anyways, all of these varieties are usually known by the same name – Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow (YTT) – and are often sold by plant nurseries.

The plant in this post is from Kerala. Its leaves are less than 10 cm long. The fragrant flowers are less than 10 cm long with calyx 3 cm long. So I think this is probably B.pauciflora.

Description

Brunfelsia pauciflora is an evergreen shrub with dark and thick foliage. The plant grows to about 2 meters of height.

The simple leaves have alternate arrangement. They are about 10 cm long with lanceolate shape.

As mentioned earlier, the flowers are the striking feature of this plant. They bloom during the spring covering the whole foliage like a decorated tree. The blossoms are fragrant.

A flower is about 5 cm across with 5 petals. The calyx is usually as long as the corolla tube – nearly 3 cm.

The fruits of this plant is said to be toxic if consumed. So some care must be taken.

Growing & Caring

Brunfelsia varieties are now quite common as ornamental plants around the world. If a few things are checked, it is easy to grow in your gardens.

The plant takes a few years to reach its full growth.

Planting

Stem cutting is the preferred way for planting new Brunfelsia.

Sunlight

Brunfelsia requires good amount of sunlight, preferably full sun. However, extreme heat is not good especially in places closer to the equator. Take care to shield it from the hard afternoon Sun.

Soil

The plant grows well in slightly acidic soil. It prefers moist, fertile and well-drained soil with a good amount of organic matter.

Caring

Once the plant is established, not much caring is required. Remember to water it during very dry seasons.

     This post is all about an interesting flower – it’s nothing other than ‘yesterday today and tomorrow’  –  that’s its name!  Some of you may know that . . . I came to know about it just a few weeks ago only and its colors made me amused, as I have a special interest in watching and photographing flowers. 

About the name : Its name shows the three main colors of the flower. It is blue when it blossoms, turns into light lavender the next day, and finally becomes white. 

Take a look at the pictures. Note the gradual change in color. Hope you will like it . . .

The bud. .
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora


When blossoms, it’s purple – blue . .
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Then slowly changes to light purple / lavender. . 
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora

Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora

Then to white. . 
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
All the colors will be displayed at the same time, making it wonderful. Due to its special color changing property, it is also known as ‘morning noon and night’. Blooms almost all time of the year except a few months. It flowers in spells, with small gaps in between. 
Its botanical name is Brunfelsia pauciflora, and is a native of Brazil. It’s a shrub and grows up to 1 -2 meters height. In Malayalam, it is known as ‘Shivamulla’ in some regions. If you know the other names in your regional languages, it will be nice if you share it through your valuable comments. . 
More Pictures
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia paucifloraYesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia paucifloraYesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
Yesterday today and tomorrow or Brunfelsia pauciflora
( All pictures are from Cheruvally, Kerala )

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  2. what a gorgeous blooming bush! if we could all manage to change, yet hold our beauty, as we age!

    thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! really appreciate it! blessings to you!

  3. I am pleased you visited me otherwhiles I never saw this beauty flowers.
    Have a nice evening and your blog will be a succes!!!
    greetings Marijke of Holland

  4. It seems that you are travelling around Dutch blogs, great to give us the opportunity to find your blog as well. Nice pictures and a good text. Luckily I have Google translator on my blog so you can also read part of the Dutch text.

  5. Nature truly has a special meaning 😀 :).

    Awesome captures 😀 :). The flowers are beautiful :).
    And to hear about them and know about it was even more awesome :).

    Thanks a lot for sharing :D. I can't help but smile 😀 :). They are so beautiful :). Do you mind if I use your picture in my blog? I will give credits :).

  6. Wonderfully gorgeous, I never knew about this! This is like… magical! Thank you very much Abhinav for sharing such an interesting post! You are highly talented, brilliant! 🙂

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