Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Moonflower

This season, the most fascinating plant to me is the moonflower vine. A dear friend gave me one this spring after we both fell in love with them last year. It had to be special ordered and of course, arrived in pretty poor condition after being sent through the mail. I bought an orb for it to climb and it quickly became healthy and took off.

This is a vine with big leaves and huge white flowers (about 6 inches in diameter) that bloom only at dusk. Each bud blooms once and literally, if you blink, you might miss it. Once the morning sun touches the flower, it closes, shrivels up and falls off. I have had bloom after bloom on my vine and it's fun to watch them open up. They are such interesting plants!

Look at this process...
This was yesterday....

This was this morning....

This is what it looked like when I got home this evening...

And this is the bloom in all its glory!
How interesting is this plant?!

3 comments:

Rachel said...

Great photography skills, GA! You're getting even better! So pretty.

Gaya said...

Is this the one Lynn introduced you to? Sooo pretty - I am glad it survived!

swevans81 said...

I love the moon flower vine and haven't had one in years. They are not easy to find!! We need to try to save your seeds!!

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