plant quick find clear
Moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden. The large, trumpet-shape flowers unfurl in the evening and stay open until the sun rises. Several varieties of moonflower also give off a lemon fragrance when its flowers are open.
Upload your photo here.
garden plans for Moonflower
Moonflower, devil's trumpet, jimsonweed, thorn apple: These are just a few of the many common names for this self-seeding annual. As the name moonflower would suggest, many varieties open only at night. Long, white petals slowly unfurl as the evening comes, eventually opening into trumpet-shape blooms. Once morning arrives, the flowers curl up, reverting back to their closed form.
While the nocturnal blooms of moonflower are certainly breathtaking, the gray-green tropical-looking leaves are another attractive feature of this plant. Be cautious, though: The leaves have a pungent odor when crushed.
Moonflower is a North American native and was founded near Jamestown, Virginia. This plant has a weedy nature and, in some cases, can become borderline invasive. As the life of the beautiful white blooms comes to an end, a thorny pod begins to develop. Initially, the thorns are soft, but as they age and expand, they'll become hard and sharp. Once they're ripe, the pods will burst open and drop hundreds of seeds for next year's growth.
As beautiful as this plant may be, it is deadly if ingested. When planting moonflowers, site them in a spot out of reach of children and pets.
Moonflower Care Must-Knows
Once moonflowers are established in well-drained soil, they don't need much additional care. To keep this plant from taking over a garden, pick off the seed pods before they burst open. This way, you can plant the seed pod wherever you'd like.