21 January 2007

Zaluzianskya capensis


Aka Midnight Candy, aka Night Phlox. This is a South African annual that grwos up to a foot tall and has multi-branching stems which bear white/maroon-backed flowers. The blooms open the evening and release a sweet scent that is just like dolly mixtures. Again it is simple to grow (or rather simple for the not-wife to grow!).

I took this photo earlier today. It says something about how mild the winter has been so far that it is still in bloom after over five months. We are due a cold snap this week so I suppose it is the last we will see of any Midnight Candy until the summer.

4 comments:

elasticwaistbandlady said...

Ahhhh, candy that you can overindulge in without gaining weight or having teeth rot. I had a kind of freesia phlox last year in my yard. It didn't fare too well. I suspect that our soil is just too acidic or sandy.

jams o donnell said...

This one is dead easy to grow. We have it in pots near the bback door. It smells wonderful on a warm summer night.

mullet said...

have you seen the beakspeaks take on your plantporn?

jams o donnell said...

NO, but I will take a look