Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Yesterday, today, and tomorrow, a tropical tomato relative, has dark purple flowers that fade to lavender-purple on their second day and fade to white the third. More of the pansy-shaped flowers are produced daily, so the plant looks like it has multi-colored blooms. In addition to the flowers, it has dark green tropical foliage.
Common name: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow
Botanical name: Brunfelsia pauciflora
Zones: 10 to 11
Size: To 10 feet tall
From: Areas of South America
Family: Solanaceae (tomato family)
- Sun: Partial shade
- Soil: Moist, but well-drained. It does best in soil rich in organic matter.
- Moisture: Water in times of drought.
- Mulch: A layer of mulch around the base of the plant will help keep weeds at bay. Mulch also helps conserve moisture and keeps soil temperatures consistent. Leave a 4-inch gap between the mulch and it’s stems.
- Pruning: Spring.
- Fertiliser: Use a balanced fertiliser, such as a 10-10-10, in spring.
- Cuttings: Take softwood cuttings in spring or early summer.
- Aphids: These small insects often appear in large numbers on new growth. Spray them off daily with a stream of water; they will not attack a plant after being knocked off. Use an insecticidal soap or neem-oil-based spray if infestations are severe.
- Mealybug: Mealybugs are sucking insects that cover themselves with a white, powdery covering. They crawl up plant stems and start to feed. They appear as small masses of white cotton. To deter mealybugs, apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to them, or use a systemic insecticide.
- Scale: Scale insects crawl up plant stems, find a permanent home, and sort of plant themselves on the plant. They appear as small, raised spots and are easy to overlook. To deter scales, try encouraging beneficial insects; apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil. It is also fine to use a systemic insecticide.
- Spider mites: Spider mites are tiny, nearly microscopic creatures that suck juices from plant cells. Spider mite damage often appears as a “stippling” effect on leaf surfaces. On the bottom sides of the leaves, there are often tiny webs. To deter spider mites, wash the plants frequently with water or use a systemic insecticide.
- Whiteflies: If small white insects are around the plants and take flight when disturbed, it is probably the work of whiteflies. To deter these insects, apply horticultural oil or use a systemic insecticide.
- This plant is poisonous: Keep it away from children and pets who might chew upon its leaves, stems, flowers, or fruits.
- This plant does well in containers in Northern areas as an annual; as tropical brought inside for winter; or as a houseplant in a very bright spot. If grown indoors, keep the plant in a humid spot to keep the leaves from turning brown and dry.
- Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Compacta’ is dwarf, growing to no more than 5 feet tall at maturity.
- Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Floribunda’ tends to bloom more than the species.
- Brunfelsia pauciflora ‘Macrantha’ has flowers which are larger than the species.