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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow        

Brunfelsia pauciflora

Belonging to the Brunfelsia (Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow) genus, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow has a botanical name of Brunfelsia pauciflora. The botanical name epithet pauciflora means 'few-flowered'.

Small perennial evergreen shrub suitable for the conservatory or greenhouse in cooler climates. It has a compact habit with woody stems. It is grown for its flowers that fade from purple to almost white over three days.
The leaves are large smooth lanceolate and slightly fleshy or thicker than expected
Fruits are dark green to black berries, containing small seeds

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Dark pastel purple and   Bright lavender and   White smoke. When mature, blooms are roughly 4.0 cm (that's 1.56 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 5. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Dark jungle green and   Phthalo green. Leaves appear approximately as a   Forest green (web) and   Lime Green colour. It is a flowering houseplant / flower that typically grows as an evergreen, which is defined as a plant that retains leaves throughout the year. Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is known for its bushy habit and growing to a height of approximately 2.00 metres (6.50 feet). This plant tends to bloom in early spring.

Brazil is believed to be where Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow originates from.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Being a fairly low maintenance plant, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is normally quite easy to grow provided a minimum level of care is given throughout the year. It will be helpful to note the correct soil, sun and water needs of this plant to ensure that this plant thrives.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Slow growing. Dislikes full sun and is relatively pest free. Spray foliage with water to increase humidity during active growth periods
Can be started from soft wood cuttings

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. The USDA Zones typically associated with Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow are Zone 9 and Zone 11. Keep in mind when planting that Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is thought of as tender, so remember to wait until your soil is warm and the night time temperature is well above freezing before moving outside.

See our list of companion Plants for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow from seed

Needs light for germination. Used well drained compost, germination slow and irregular

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 20°C / 68°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Pot on when the roots are seen at the bottom of the pot. Ericaceous compost with a little added vermiculite for drainage
Can be grown outside in sunny frost free position

As Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is tender, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Common Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow plants:

Spider mite if allowed to become too dry

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Etymology

Yesterday Today Tomorrow describes the colour fading and changing,dark violet to blue and then to white, although each bloom lasts more than three days!

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Folklore & Trivia

Not unexpectedly, as it is classified ‘Solanaceae’ ,the berries of Brunfelsia are poisonous. Dogs rats and mice,have been noted as being suceptable and although human poisoning has not been recorded care should be taken in a home with young children and pets.

Other names for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora (Cham. & Schltdl.) Benth. var. calycina (Benth.) J.A. Schmidt

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow care instructions

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