10 Lovely Flowers Which Bloom Only At Night

Moonlit nights have their own beauty. Imagine a beautiful night with cool breeze touching the cheeks softly, sweet fragrance of night blooming flowers spread in the air, a mug of coffee or tea steaming in your hands and your family by your side. Nothing can be more beautiful, pleasing and  comforting than this after a hard day at work. I find night blooming flowers as an integral part of lawns and gardens. I have listed down a few of such enamoring flowers.


10. Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose
Evening Primrose (Botanical name: Oenothera biennis) is a plant from Onagraceae famiy origionaly indigenous to North America, but is now found in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia too. The beautiful yellow flowered is named Evening Primrose because the flower blossoms only at night. The plant is famous medically. It’s seeds, leaves, oil of the seeds and root are used in medicines. Night-time insects like nocturnal sphinx moth pollinate these plants. The plant grows between 3 and 5 feet tall. The flowers are between 0.78 to 2 inches.


9. Night Bloom Water Lilies

Nymphaea Red Flare Night blooming water lily
Nymphaea Red Flare
Deep Puple Water Lily
This tropical night-bloomer flower can never go unnoticed in any pond. This is a water lily deep crimson red or pink or purple in color. It blossoms in the evening twilight. This beautiful bright flower floating in water looks most mysterious against a dark background. The tropical lilies are larger than the hardy lilies and in most cases, the colors are more intense than the hardy lilies. The flowers are 7” – 10” in size. Each flower has 19 – 20 petals and a faint but pungent smell.


8. Moon Flowers

Moon Flower Starting To Bloom
Moon Flower Blooms
Moon Flower in Full Bloom
Moon flowers (Botanical name: Ipomoea) are called moon flowers because they bloom in moonlight. These are beautiful pink or white flowers. The flowers quickly open at night and last the entire night. They close when the sunlight touches their petals. The plant has a height of up to 15 feet. The propagation is by seed. The flower should by planted when the moon is new or increasing.


7. Night Gladiolus

Gladiolus tristis Night Gladiolus
Night Gladiolus
Gladiolus Tristis
The beautiful Night Gladiolus(Botanical name: Gladiolus Tristis ) is a creamy yellow flower with a very nice spicy fragrance. It is usually grown in dense areas with heavy rainfall. These are also found near sea level to high elevations. Usual height is 36 to 48 inches. The bloom in late spring and early to mid summers. It’s name comprises of two words; Night and Gladiolus. Gladiolus is a word of Latin origin meaning sword. Parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause skin irritations and allergic reactions. The plant is attractive to butterflies, bees and insects.


6. Casablanca Lily

Casablanca Lily
Casablanca Lily
Casablanca Lily
The Casablanca Lily is a very expensive and fragrant flower used in perfumes and weddings. It is a part of Lilium Genus which has more than 110 species. The flower has 6 petals and the colors vary from white, yellow, orange and purple to pink. If all types are planted, the garden will look like a splash of colors from the color palette of a painter. The flower is elegant, delicate and has an excellent fragrance.

14 thoughts on “10 Lovely Flowers Which Bloom Only At Night

  1. i wish these names were a bit more romantic…
    named after walls in nottingham and latin, reminds me of an attic classroom

  2. You left out Lady of the Night, Princess of the Night and Night Blooming Jasmines.

  3. the dutchman’s pipe cactus..we have that in our backyard. it blooms at night.i really like the flower. sad to say it lasts only in 2-3 days.

  4. Where did you find blue Four o’clocks? I have been looking everywhere for this flower.

  5. have tried for yrs to grow four o’clocks to no avail 🙁 on the other hand….. tonite i actually witnessed a Dragon Fruit BLOOM!!!!!!

  6. The pictures of the Moonflower aren’t actually moonflower. Those pictures are of Datura, horn-of-plenty or Angel Trumpet. Moonflowers look slightly different and the plant is completely different from Datura.

  7. The term “moonflower” is used for both Datura and Ipomoea species, as well as some other flowers like the night-blooming cereus cactus. This is why common names are terrible.

  8. My mother used to grow a night blooming plant called 9 o’clocks. Sure enough they bloomed around 9 o’clock in the evening. Have you heard of them and know where I could find them?

  9. You may be looking for the same plant I am..My aunt grew some in Ohio from seed someone had gotten in Tn. She saved seed but can no longer find them.Let’s hope they turn up, if so I will share with you. She said they were called Nicodemus ( spelling has to be wrong) because Nicodemus met with Jesus at 9 P M … and they would go out and watch them bloom right at 9 0’clock in the evening……..I will keep you informed via email..Marie 5 19 2013

  10. Pam, I found 9’oclocks on a weird magazine
    this is the article of it they are called four’oclocks
    Four O’ Clocks

    Mirabilis jalapa (The four o’clock flower or marvel of Peru) is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis, and is available in a range of colours. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is a town in Mexico. Mirabilis jalapa is said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540.

  11. I have Four O’clocks that I can not get rid of. They are real pretty but they get tall and fall over my sidewalk. I have tried digging them up but there is no way to get all the roots. I always have thousands of seeds all over the sidewalk and naturely, they reseed themselves. Cambridge, OH
    The flower they are calling the Moon flower, is what I have always called it. When it goes to seed, it is in a pod with sharp burrs on the pod. They will climb if on a trellis.

  12. My mother use to grow what looks like the prim rose. But it never was tall. They were only about maybe six inches high. Use to love to watch them bloom. And they bloomed every night. Anyone know were I can buy them from.

  13. I have a plant that I had in a pot…thought it was called a moonflower…got it at a school plant sale. At the end of the season (I am in Ontario, Canada), it was forgotten during an early evening of frost and I think eventually I emptied the pot into the flower bed. This year the plant came up. It looks similar to a dandelion, because of the serated leaves but they are more plentiful and narrower. Then the bud begins and only opens at night. The bloom is approx. 3-31/2 in. across, crepe paper looking and soft yellow. It begins to curl, similar to a hibiscus bloom, in the early morning. I was very excited when it came up in the garden but unsure what to do now that the frost is here, although it seemed to have wintered last year, just fine. Would really like to find out the real name of this flower and to know if it is a bulb or tuber plant.

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