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Brunfelsia grandiflora
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Many people struggle to find a plant that can brighten up the more shaded areas of their yards — most shade-loving plants don't bloom with showy flowers. However, the yesterday today tomorrow plant deviates from that norm by surviving in shady areas while also blooming with fantastic flowers that can be white or a shade of purple. This plant, Brunfelsia grandiflora, can grow to be a medium-sized shrub but also manage to survive in containers, which only increases your planting options. 

  • The yesterday today tomorrow plant blooms with white and purple flowers.
  • It adapts well to both sunny and shaded areas.
  • It can survive in containers.

Plant Care



This plant survives in both full sunlight and partial shade.



Water often enough to keep the soil moist but not soaked during the growing season.



Fertilize once per year in spring with phosphorus-rich fertilizer to promote blooms.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on August 30, 2022

Planting instructions

The adaptability of a yesterday today tomorrow plant is one of its main selling points. These plants grow best in partial shade but can survive full sun in some situations as well. They also adapt well to growing in the ground or in a large garden container. In either case, you should supply your yesterday today tomorrow plant with soil that has good drainage and plenty of organic matter. Plant in a hole that is as deep as the root ball is tall and at least twice as wide as the root ball.

Watering and nutrients

Your goal when watering a yesterday today tomorrow plant should be to maintain consistent soil moisture at all times. Often, this leads to a watering frequency of about once per week or once every other week. However, while you should keep the soil moist, you should also avoid oversaturating the soil, as this can lead to disease. To feed this plant, you should apply a phosphorus-rich fertilizer during the early spring, which will encourage flower development.


If you choose to grow a yesterday today tomorrow plant, then you won’t need to worry about helping this plant conduct pollination. The yesterday today tomorrow plant is valuable to most for its flowers rather than for its ability to produce fruits, which is the main goal of pollination. Still, the pollination process of this plant can add some beauty to your garden — the yesterday today tomorrow plant primarily attracts butterflies, which make charming visitors as they spread pollen from one flower to another.


Before your prune your yesterday today tomorrow plant, you should equip yourself with a set of pruning tools that are both sharp and clean. Avoid heavy pruning for this plant during spring. That is when the yesterday today tomorrow plant blooms, and pruning would remove those flowers. Instead, you should prune this plant in mid-summer, with the goal of removing broken, dead, damaged, and diseased branches. You may also perform light pruning during the bloom time by deadheading the spent flowers.

Pests, diseases, and animals

Overall, the yesterday today tomorrow plant is not known to have extensive problems with pests and diseases. Still, there is a chance that this plant can run into either issue. One of the most common pests that will attack this plant is the aphid, which feeds on the moisture within this plant’s stems and branches. Diseases are a bit less common for this plant but remain a possibility. Fortunately, the yesterday today tomorrow plant shows a great ability to resist deer browsing.

Achieving maximum results

One of the main problems that gardeners face when raising a yesterday today tomorrow plant is a lack of flowers. If you face this issue, it is likely the result of a lack of fertilizer. You can encourage blooms by applying a fertilizer that has plenty of phosphorus, which encourages flowering. Your yesterday today tomorrow plant will also appreciate a fertilizer that makes the soil more acidic. It’s also wise to protect your yesterday today tomorrow plant from any frosts, which will likely kill this plant.


When does the yesterday today tomorrow plant bloom?

The yesterday today tomorrow plant typically blooms in spring and holds its flowers into the summer. The quality of those flowers and their color-changing ability are the main reasons that people love this plant. The flowers first emerge with a deep purple color that then fades to light purple before eventually turning white. This trait gives this plant a beautiful multi-colored effect during the bloom time.

Where can the yesterday today tomorrow plant survive?

The yesterday today tomorrow plant must grow in a warm area in order for it to survive. Typically, this plant can grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zones 9 through 11. This gives gardeners in southern Texas, Florida, and California the chance to grow this plant outside. Those who live in colder regions can grow this plant as well, but they will need to grow it in a container and overwinter it to protect it from freezing temperatures.

Is the yesterday today tomorrow plant poisonous?

One of the major downsides of the yesterday today tomorrow plant is that all parts of this plant are poisonous. Typically, those who make the mistake of ingesting a part of this plant will face gastrointestinal issues that can vary in severity. As such, you should be wary of allowing pets or children to play near this plant. It is also beneficial for this plant to avoid pollination, as this will reduce the number of poisonous berries it produces.

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Mature height
3-8 ft.
Mature width
4-6 ft.
Sunlight requirement
Partial Sun to Partial Shade
Growth rate
Botanical name
Brunfelsia grandiflora
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Grows Well In Zones
4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors
Growing Zones: 4-11 patio / 9-11 outdoors i Growing zones help determine if a particular plant is likely to grow well in a location. It identifies the average annual minimum winter temperatures across the U.S. provided as a map by the USDA.
(hardy down to -10°F)

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