Blooms By the Light of the Moon

Not all flowers bloom during the day.  Some prefer to bloom when the sun goes down.   As you plan your spring garden, think about planting some night-blooming flowers.

Moonvine, angel’s trumpet and night-blooming cereus, are just a few of the night blooming flowers, according to Dr. Dave Williams,  a horticulturist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. 

Some flowers must be pollinated by certain insects and these insects, and these insects may be  active only at certain times of the day.  Moths usually pollinate night-blooming flowers, so the flowers open when moths are around -- at night.

Angel’s trumpet opens in late afternoon. The blooms are long, trumpet-shaped, white flowers that can grow up to 8 inches long.

Moonflower or moonvine is another good choice that you and your neighbors will enjoy.  It has white flowers that look similar to large morning glory.  It is an annual that produces abundant seeds and should be planted in a slightly shady area.

Evening primrose opens between dusk and the dark.  In the summer, the blooming period is only about 15 minutes. The flower is at its best at sunset.

Four o’clocks are fun, punctually blooming plants.  The plant’s fragrant flowers open each day about 4 p.m.  The plant forms a bush and can reach up to 3 feet high. A delightful aspect of four o’clocks is that the flowers come in a variety of colors including red, yellow, white and pink. The flowers may also be striped.  Four o’clock is a perennial that can thrive in some tough conditions.  In a moist well-drained site, it can border on being a weed because it can grow so well.

Source:  Dr. Dave Williams, Horticulturist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (334) 844-3032