African Daisies are a type of flower that originate from South Africa. They are also known as Cape Marigolds and come in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, pink and white. These flowers bloom during the summer months and are perfect for adding a pop of color to your garden. African Daisies are relatively easy to care for and require moderate watering and full sun exposure. They can be grown both in pots and in gardens, making them a versatile addition to any outdoor space.
The African daisy is known for being the earliest flower to shut at night. This phenomenon is referred to as nyctinasty, where the opening and closing of the flower occurs rhythmically in response to light or darkness.
Moving on to another interesting flower, the crocus…
As the weather warms up, the lovely crocus comes into full bloom, boasting its stunning petals in shades of white, purple, and yellow. However, when the temperature takes a dip, this flower retreats and closes up until it’s warm again. Moving onto the next flower, we have the dandelion.
The flowers of dandelions may close either fully or partially in instances of cloudy or damp weather, as well as during late evening or nighttime when direct sunlight is still present.
Gazanias are a type of flower that exhibit nictinasty, meaning they open up in the evening or in areas with low light and close during daylight hours.
Kalanchoe is a lovely plant that boasts of unique and delightful characteristics. Unlike Gazanias that have heliotropism, which means their flowers follow the sun’s movement, Kalanchoe is different. It has its own distinct qualities that make it stand out from the crowd.
When the light is scarce, or it’s nighttime, the petals of lotus flowers may appear to close or fold partially.
As the day starts to come to a close, lotus blossoms slowly begin to close up. The petals delicately fold inwards and upwards, concealing the reproductive parts of the flower.
Morning glory flowers stay fully open throughout the day, enjoying the warmth of the sun. As the day comes to an end, the blooms gradually begin to close up.
As the day progresses or after a couple of days, the delicate petals of the poppy flower start to wilt, twist, and drop off. This natural phenomenon is accelerated by factors such as high temperatures and strong sunlight. Let’s move on to the next topic – sunflowers!
In the early hours of the day, you’ll often find young sunflowers tilting their heads towards the east to catch the very first rays of sunshine. As the day progresses and the sun starts setting, they turn towards the west and their petals start to partially close up.
Water lilies are aquatic plants that are known for their beautiful and mesmerizing blooms. Unlike tulips, water lilies exhibit a unique behavior called nyctinasty, where their flowers open and close in response to changes in light and temperature.
In the morning, water lily blossoms bloom to showcase their beauty and close up in the evening. Factors such as temperature, light intensity, and flower age play a significant role in regulating this process. Now, let’s talk about the lovely moss rose plant.
This particular plant’s blooms showcase their utmost beauty when they bask in the sun’s rays. However, as nightfall creeps in, these blooms retreat and close up for the evening. It is known as the 14th Day Blooming Cestrum.
Although Day Blooming Cestrum typically bloom during the day, their flowers may start to close in the late afternoon or evening when the sun sets. This phenomenon is known as “diurnal closing.” You can find more information about this interesting plant on Garden Lover. The credit for the photo goes to Pinterest.