These are pictures of my Moon Flower...the first two pictures were taken this afternoon. In the first picture you can see the white flower emerging from its green casing. There is also a long green flower bud in the picture.
This is the second flower and it is opened just a little bit more than the flower in the first picture. It's after 10:00 pm and two moon flowers are blooming. I measured them and they are 8 inches long...a rather big flower and you can smell them as you approach without even having to bend down. They have a wonderful scent.
Each flower only last one night and by morning they will close up and wither away. In this picture you can see several flower buds and they bloom continuously all summer...Just never in the daylight.
My SIL gave me the seeds and told me it was a vine, called a Moon Flower, but it grows like a small bushy plant and I haven't ever seen it vine. In her yard she had it growing up a fence on a trellis, and it did look like a vine. I really don't know what happened when I planted it, but it has come up for the last couple of years on its own and has never vined or attempted to vine.
We planted it right next to our front steps so that we won't miss it when it blooms. Last year the cats gave it a hard time playing with the flower pods or buds and we had shredded flowers. This year the cats are older and stay in the back yard...thank goodness!