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Moon Flowers
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Dave Smith    Posted 07-14-2003 at 19:16:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have any of you heard of moon flowers? They only blossom at nite and die in the morning. New buds develop every day. They are very hardy and look like a dandalion during the day. I have caught heck several times for pulling them up as weeds or weed wacking them off. Head Honcho was playing with her new camera and took photos of them blossoming.
This is what they look like before they blossom.

In this photo they are just starting to open.

She had a visitor come out to see what she was up to. Coyotes must have gotten her fawn. She is only about 50 yards off.

Here the moonie is almost fully opened.

Here it is fully opened. As you can see it is full dark out now.

Dave




Anna    Posted 07-16-2003 at 12:25:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone know what kind of lighting conditions moon flowers prefer: full sun, partial shade, shade? And will they grow well in a pot (or will they grow too fast)?


Dave Smith    Posted 07-16-2003 at 13:56:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
These flowers seem to do the same anywhere they are put. We have them in the sun, partial sun and full shede. She also has planted them in large tubs. The plant looks like a dandilion and is about the same size. It is fascinating to watch them open.
Dave


WallSal55    Posted 07-15-2003 at 10:45:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the pictures. I thought moon flowers
were vines? Like morning glory, duh.


Maggie/TX    Posted 07-15-2003 at 17:11:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
My in-laws used to have a large bush they called Moon Flowers and the blooms were large, white, trumpet shaped flowers. I'll try to find a picture and post it.


Tom A    Posted 07-15-2003 at 03:05:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
My head honcho has grown them for several years near the porch, in part because her grandma always had them growing there. You can buy the seeds, although a seed packet has very few seeds in it which makes them fairly pricey.

They make quite a show in the evening while sitting on the porch or deck.

Tom


Les    Posted 07-14-2003 at 19:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Friends of ours in VA have them. They open very rapidly as I recall.


Dave Smith    Posted 07-14-2003 at 19:59:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, The whole thing takes just a fiew moments.
Dave


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