June 29, 2018

The Amazing Night Blooming Moon Flower

Moon Flower Blooms
This is by far to most unusual plant in my garden. Everyone who sees it wants one. I have no idea what it's Latin name is (and quite frankly, I don't care). 😏 I think the common name is Evening Primrose - we just call it a Moonflower.

I got my first Moonflower from a friend who got it for me from his mom who lived in Alabama. It is a biannual (it doesn't bloom until it's second year) but it totally worth the wait. The plant gets pretty big, about four or five feet tall and wide, it is covered with pretty yellow flowers all summer. They literally open while you watch! No kidding, as you can see in the video below, it is like time-lapse photography! They smell good too. If they are happy, they will reseed and come back the following year. It doesn't take much to keep them happy either. They like full sun or part shade, I totally neglect mine and they just keep growing and blooming all summer. The blooms last all night and close around noon the following day.

We like to grab our yard chairs, sit around the plant and watch it bloom. Then we wait for the little hummingbird moths to come and pollinate the flowers.
Sometimes we bet on which bud will bloom next. I know, it doesn't take much to entertain us!

TheAmazing Moon Flower Video

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