Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →

What Kind of Flowers Only Open During a Full Moon?

...
Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images

Lunar blooming flowers are flowers that bloom around the same time as a full moon. These nocturnal blooming flowers remain completely closed throughout the day and open their petals for pollination by bats and moths once the moon comes out. Some night blooming flowers will actually drop their petals by the next morning after pollination is complete.

Moonflower

Moonflower (Datura inoxia) produces white flowers and has dark green, large leaves. The large, trumpet-like flowers of the moonflower open only during a full moon. This flower is also referred to as the Indian apple or thorn apple flower. It is a member of the potato family and forms spiney fruit. All parts of the plant are considered highly poisonous and you should keep them away from children and pets.

Night Blooming Jasmine

Cestrum nocturnum, or night blooming jasmine, is a shrub with glossy leaves and fragrant white flowers. It is a showy moon blooming plant that fills the air with an almost overwhelming perfume. This delicate plant produces the best flowers when placed in full-sun and in USDA hardiness zones 8 through 11 (minimum 10F to 50F). Night blooming jasmine is fast-growing and can become invasive if not properly maintained. The berries of the night blooming jasmine plant are toxic so avoid using this plant around small children and pets.

Night Scented Stock

Night scented stock (Matthiola longipetala) is a desert native with tiny but fragrant purple flowers. Due to the desert’s harsh summers, this plant’s blooms open only during the winter and spring full moons. The desert shrub reaches a final height of 2 feet after which it sets seeds and dies. A new plant will form during the next year’s monsoon season. This fragile desert shrub does best in full sunlight.

Related Articles

List of Night Blooming Flowers
List of Night Blooming Flowers
Flowers Used for Leis
Flowers Used for Leis
Flowers That Bloom at Midnight
Flowers That Bloom at Midnight
Deer-Resistant Climbing Vines
Deer-Resistant Climbing Vines
Native Plants in Libya
Native Plants in Libya
What Is the Meaning of Rose of Sharon?
What Is the Meaning of Rose of Sharon?
Desert Rose Plant Care
Desert Rose Plant Care
Why Do Moonflowers Bloom at Night?
Why Do Moonflowers Bloom at Night?
What Azalea Blooms Year Round?
What Azalea Blooms Year Round?
Types of Lavender Roses
Types of Lavender Roses
What's the Origin of Plantain?
What's the Origin of Plantain?
Flowers Starting With F
Flowers Starting With F
High Desert Shade Plants
High Desert Shade Plants
How to Dry Cockscomb Flowers
How to Dry Cockscomb Flowers
Ethiopia's Most Common Flowers
Ethiopia's Most Common Flowers
How to Grow Dragon Fruit in Containers
How to Grow Dragon Fruit in Containers
Garden Guides
×