10 Lovely Flowers Which Bloom Only At Night

5. Nottingham Catchfly

Nottingham Catchfly
Nottingham Catchfly
Catchfly Nottingham
Catchfly Nottingham blooming
Nottingham is a white wildflower with a pink tint and hairy leaves. It’s heavy fragrance  fills the evening air. It is attractive to night-flying insects and moths. The walls of Nottingham Castle were once covered with these beautiful flowers and so they got their name. These flowers were destroyed during construction and renovation works of the castle in the 19th century. Nottingham catchfly has narrow and lance-shaped stem and  spoon-shaped lower leaves.


4. Four O’ Clocks

Four o Clocks
Four O’ Clocks
These beautiful night blooming flowers are tender perennial. They bloom in spring and summers. These flowers are available in a number of colors ranging from red, yellow, pink and blue to white. The need full sun exposure to grow and start blooming at 4 pm hence got their name. They make excellent hedges and barriers. They have an outstanding fragrance when open.


3. Saussurea Obvallata / Brahma Kamal

Brahma Kamal
Brahma Kamal
Saussurea Obvallata is also known as Brahma Kamal. It is a beautiful night blooming flower named after the Hindu god Brahma. It is native to China, India and Burma. It blooms once a year at night time and has many medical uses. The flower grows in mountains and cold areas. The flower heads are actually purple and are enclosed in layers of greenish-yellow boat-shaped cover papery in nature.


2. Dragon Fruit Flowers

Dragon Fruit Flower
Dragon Fruit Flower Starting To Bloom
Dragon Fruit Flower Full Bloom
Dragon Fruit Flower in Full Bloom
Dragon Fruit Flowers Blooming
Dragon Fruit Flower Petals Closing
Dragon Fruit is native to Mexico and Central and South America. The fruit is also cultivated in Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam and Malaysia. They are also produced in Taiwan, Israel and southern China. It’s plant has beautiful flowers which bloom at night. The start blooming at 7 pm and reach full bloom at 12 am. The beautiful big flowers give bloom against the green leaves, dark black background and along with the fruit and give a magnificent look. The start blooming in October and continue blooming till May.


1. Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus

Dutchman's Pipe Cactus
Dutchman’s Pipe Cactus
Epiphyllum Oxypetalum or Dutchman’s-Pipe Cactus, is a large floral variety of cactus native from Mexico to Brazil. Plant can grow as tall as 20 feet (6.1 m) in height. It’s branches are dark green and it requires moist soil. It grows in late spring and early summer, somewhere around May 30th. It blooms for only 1-2 days. Individual flowers can be up to 11 inches (27.9 cm) long and 5 inches (12.7 cm) wide. It opens as the sun goes down. It has a very deep and fresh fragrance which spreads as soon as it blooms.

Ipomoea alba, otherwise known as Moonflowers are so called because they bloom in the evening. They have large 4 to 6 inch fragrant, white or pink flowers on twining vines. The flowers open quickly in the evening and last through the night, remaining open until touched by the morning Sun.

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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