Night Blooming Flowers

9 years 7 months ago #107663 by The Time Capturer
I've had these flowers for several years now. Until recently, I didn't know what they were called so, because they bloom at night, I've called them "Night Bloomers." Recently, through exhaustive research, I've discovered they are actually called "Desert Evening Primrose."

What's special about these flowers is, just after the sun goes down, the bud splits, revealing the yellow flower inside, then, from 1 to 5 minutes, they have opened fully. It is really something to watch. The flowers die off by daybreak then, the next night, there are more to replace them.

Each flower produces a single pod at it's base and each pod contains about 150 seeds. Through experimenting, I've discovered the only way to get the seeds to germinate is to keep them in the freezer over winter then plant them in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked. I've only got a few plants right now but, a large group of them creates quite a spectacular night time display.

I've included a picture of them as well as a link to my video on YouTube if you wish to watch one open. Unfortunately, the flower in the video was one of the slow ones.



Watch one open...

Sure, practice makes perfect but, unless you learn from your mistakes, you are only perfecting your ability to fail.
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9 years 7 months ago #107670 by fotozone
Beautiful flowers, and I found the video was fascinating.

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9 years 7 months ago #107690 by Augphoto
Crazy good stuff here!


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9 years 7 months ago #107801 by photobod
Five and a half minutes of magic cudnt take my eyes off the screen, great video and a great photo.

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9 years 7 months ago #107845 by Dori
That is so amazing! Thanks!!

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9 years 7 months ago #110794 by srfotog
They are really pretty. I used to see them every so often when we lived in the Miami area. Are they only in the south?


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9 years 7 months ago - 9 years 7 months ago #110808 by The Time Capturer
I'm not sure where they originate from but I live in Canada and these flowers survive the coldest of our winters and the driest of our droughts. They are very hardy perennials. My friend's mother gave me a couple of seed pods but, where she got them, I'm not sure.

I was still living with my parents when I first grew them (many years ago) and the first spring, my Dad pulled them up and tossed them into the compost, thinking they were dandelions. After a few days, when I discovered they were gone, I put them back in the ground ... and they survived. A really incredible plant!

The only places I see them are previous residences and the gardens of those I've given seed pods to.

Sure, practice makes perfect but, unless you learn from your mistakes, you are only perfecting your ability to fail.
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9 years 7 months ago #111049 by Taggelera
:judge: :judge:

Wow that was natures magic!! amazing video, thanks so much for sharing!

The Time Capturer wrote: I'm not sure where they originate from but I live in Canada and these flowers survive the coldest of our winters and the driest of our droughts. They are very hardy perennials. My friend's mother gave me a couple of seed pods but, where she got them, I'm not sure.

I was still living with my parents when I first grew them (many years ago) and the first spring, my Dad pulled them up and tossed them into the compost, thinking they were dandelions. After a few days, when I discovered they were gone, I put them back in the ground ... and they survived. A really incredible plant!

The only places I see them are previous residences and the gardens of those I've given seed pods to.



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9 years 7 months ago #111467 by Eddy
I need to show this to other half, mater of fact there are a few shots she would enjoy here. :judge:


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