For a good 4 1/2 to 5 years I watched and waited to see how it would perform in my garden to finally lose my patience with it at the end of last winter when I gave it a very stern talking to and said: "You perform by next year or you will have forfeited your position." Well what would you know this spring we are being presented with the first show of flowers, still a little timid coming through only still with purple and white yet I am really happy to announce that the Brunfelsia pauciflora "Floribunda" is doing her thing.
Only remembering the name as "24 hour plant" I could not find the relevant details on the internet so went to Dillinger's Nursery in Wentworth Falls, who I had purchased it from all those years ago and his wife told me he would call me back. As I wanted to write my blog now I called my other local favourite in the mountains, Weber's Nursery Mount Boyce to be informed that the name is Yesterday & Today & Tomorrow, not 24 hours and now I could access the botanical information I wanted to look for.
It wants sunshine but not being scorched by the sun at the height of summer, it doesn't like the frost very much and needs shelter from it and it enjoys acidic soil like the Azaleas and Camellias. As I am providing it with very close to these conditions it has survived and I will treat it now with more respect so it can thrive.
Brunfelsia was named after a monk, interesting being dressed in such colourful garb as it is.