10 Flowers That Bloom at Night (Here They Are…)

by Alex Kountry
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Flowering plants have various characteristics which often influence how we plant them in our gardens.

Did you know there are flowers which only bloom at night? This means their flowers only open up once the sun is down.

These flowers are often pollinated by nigh time visitors such as moths and bats.

Because the daytime flowers close their blooms once its night, night blooming plants can make excellent additions to you garden.

They help to make your garden colorful at night while also exuding fresh aroma to liven up the area.

We will talk about  flowers that bloom at night which will make your night garden light up.

1. Datura

Flowers That Bloom at Night

Datura is also known as devil’s trumpet and is occasionally confused with moonflower.

These night blooming flowers in colors of pink, purple, yellow, or white have huge, stunning trumpet-shaped blossoms and are a lovely addition to a night garden. 

Daturas, on the other hand, are highly poisonous, therefore they should never be planted in areas where children or dogs spend time.

Datura is so deadly that it has been employed as a poison by several cultures throughout history.

Datura plants are often planted as annuals and can reach a height of six feet.

They’re commonly confused with Brugmansia (also known as angel’s trumpets), but while they’re related, devil’s trumpets and angel’s trumpets are two different genera. 

The bushes produce huge white to purple-tinged trumpet flowers and thornapples, which are spiny spherical seedpods.

2. Night Gladiolus

The night gladiolus (Gladiolus tristis) blooms from late spring time to mid-summer and can reach a height of four feet.

Night Gladiolus is a light yellow flower with a spicy perfume that blooms in the twilight. 

It grows well in near the coast and coastal California. However, it cannot tolerate droughts and needs to be watered often. They prefer sunshine and well-draining soil, so 

if you’re working with clay soil like those found in some southern areas, add compost before planting these plants.

If you wish to enjoy the spicy smell of these light-yellow blooms that bloom at night, make sure to place them someplace prominent.

It should however be out of reach of pets and children, as this is another dangerous plant that should be kept away from small hands.

Here is an article I wrote on plants that mean joy

3. Evening Primrose

Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a biannual flowering plant native to North America.

Because the blooms open swiftly, you may relax on your porch in the evenings and watch the yellow blossoms open up in front of your eyes. 

They’ll then be open till around noon the next day.

Evening primrose oil, which can be used to treat several conditions such as hot flashes in menopause, eczema, premenstrual syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and is derived from the plant’s edible parts.

Pollinators such as bees, moths, and butterflies are attracted to evening primrose, which flowers from late spring to late summer. 

Evening primrose self-seeds, therefore it’s likely that it’ll take over your garden if not properly cared for.

Nonetheless, the attractiveness of its lovely, lemon-scented yellow blossoms can entice many gardeners.

4. Brugmansia

Angel’s trumpets are frequently encountered in gardens and garden centers, although it is believed they are extinct in the wild.

The trumpet-shaped flowers of the angel’s trumpet are big, peach, white, green, red, orange, or pink.

While these night blooming flowers are simple to cultivate in coastal California and inland coastal locations, angel’s trumpets, like Datura, are highly dangerous and should not be planted in areas frequented by children or pets. 

The smell is delightful and will enhance your experience while you experience your night garden; just keep them out of reach if you share your outdoor living areas with little children or dogs.

5. Moonflower

Moonflower is a delicate perennial vine that can transform a night garden with its magnificent beauty and overwhelming aroma. 

Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) feature enormous, white or pink flowers that open rapidly in the evening and remain open till after morning.

They occasionally stay open later into the afternoon on cloudy days, but often shut in the afternoon once the sun hits them. 

It has big, heart-shaped, dark green leaves that are arranged in a spiral pattern on sturdy, slightly thorny stems.

Its trumpet-shaped flowers bloom from mid-summer through fall. 

They are normally a shimmering white and reach a length of around 6 inches and a width of 3 to 6 inches.

This evergreen perennial vine grows rapidly, prefers wet soil, and needs at least moderate sun but prefers full sun.

6. Night Blomming Jasmine

Night-blooming jasmine (Cestrum nocturnum) is a member of the Solanaceae family.

This implies it is a nightshade and not the typical jasmine found in gardens. 

This nighttime blossoming flower features white blooms with green highlights and a powerful aroma that is best noticeable at night.

Night-blooming jasmine, as an evergreen plant, offers aesthetic appeal to your night garden all year round.

It is a vigorous grower and is regarded as a weed in various regions of the world.

The wonderful aroma of this plant makes it an excellent choice for growing near outdoor living areas.

However, have it in mind that all species of the Solanaceae family are hazardous in some form. 

The powerful scent is even known to irritate some individuals with respiratory disorders such as asthma.

Also check out this article I wrote on plants that bloom once a year

7. Night Phlox

Night phlox (Zaluzianskya capensis) is also known as midnight candy, which is not simply a playful moniker; it refers to the pleasant aroma provided by this night blooming flower. 

Night phlox, which comes in colors of pink, white, and purple, is ideal for a nighttime scent garden or a moon garden. 

Some even have a reddish-maroon color. Night phlox is an annual that thrives in pots or flowerbeds and is a magnet for butterflies, bees, and birds.

Once established, night phlox thrives in natural sunlight or partial shade and is quite drought resistant. 

The honey-almond-vanilla aroma is a great complement to a night garden.

This especially prominent during the summer and fall entertainment seasons, when they are typically in full bloom.

8. Nicotiania

Nicotiana is a family of plants that contains tobacco plants used to make cigars and cigarettes.  This night blooming plant may be transferred from nursery plants. 

It is one of the quickest way to add beauty to your flowerbed, but it also starts to grow rapidly, so you may want to try growing it from seed as well.

Nocturnal blooming flowers are typically white, pink, green, or red in color and have a powerful aroma that draws nocturnal pollinators to your yard. 

If you put them near a patio, you may well be able to experience the flowers and hummingbirds that they attract in the late afternoon or early evening.

Nicotiana is also a member of the Solanaceae family, and as with all nightshades, proceed with caution when selecting a location for planting.

9. Four O’clock 

Mirabilis jalapa was given the popular name four o’clocks because its blooms do not emerge until late afternoon.

Compared to many other night blooming plants, four o’clock blooms have certain distinctive characteristics. 

A single four o’clock plant can produce flowers in multiple colors, and a single blossom may occasionally have multiple colors. 

White, yellow, pink, red, or a gorgeous magenta are the most frequently encountered colors on four o’clocks, making them an easy choice for adding color and beauty to night gardens.

Four o’clocks are frequently cultivated as annuals, however in coastal locations, they could be maintained as perennials.

They will die with the first winter if you live in a lower climate, but will reappear once its’ spring

10. Tuberose 

Tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa) is probably most known for its use in fragrances and scents.

This makes it an excellent choice if you’re searching for a late day blooming flower with a rich, inviting aroma. 

This perennial plant is easy to cultivate from bulbs, enjoys full sun and warmer areas, and blooms in mid- to late summer with clusters of white flowers on a tall spike.

The white blooms will reflect starlight in your night garden. 

You can as well cut them for garlands or floral arrangements.

Tuberose grows well in flowerbeds and borders, but it also thrives in huge flowerpots, bringing this scented choice closer to your outdoor living areas.


These plants discussed above are great additions to any garden. You can cultivate them with your daytime flowers.

As the day flowers close their blooms, the night bloomers will open up and enable you have a great night time experience while sitting on your porch or patio.

Take into consideration the plants which are poisonous and do not plant them where children or pets are.

Some of them are highly toxic and mishaps should be avoided. 

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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