15 Flowers That Close at Night

Did you know that some floral species tuck themselves at night just like us? This highly evolved phenomenon is known as Nyctinasy.

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Multiple flowers exhibit Nyctinasy behavior. Their florae react to the light as they close up their flowers and leaves once the sun has set. African daisies, Morning Glories, and Tulips are a few examples to mention.

In this detailed guide, we take you through a fragrant journey as we cover 15 flowers that close at night. Let’s get to them!

1. California Poppy

The California Poppy is a kind of wildflower that can be found in the wild zones of North America and along the roadsides there.

Scientifically known as Eschscholzia Californica, this flower particularly blooms during the summer, which is why it’s mostly found in hot American states.

As for this plant’s flowers, the California Poppy blooms cup-shaped, bright orange flora while sporting beautiful green and blue foliage.

Since the California Poppy adores the sun, it typically closes its flowers when that big star leaves the sky.

Not only that, but the California Poppy will also shut its flora when it’s cloudy out.

2. Rose-Of-Sharon

Perhaps more commonly known as the Hibiscus plant, the Rose-of-Sharon is a simple-looking, yet delicate flower that usually blooms during the spring.

The Rose-of-Sharon is native to Asia, particularly South Korea and central China. This floral species grows in the shape of deciduous, upright, and spreading shrubs.

When the Rose-of-Sharon’s flowers appear in the spring, they’re a gentle, pastel pink color, with red spots showing in the middle.

On a few occasions, these blooming florae will sprout a yellow color as well. Either way, all parts droop and close once the sun is gone.

Fun fact: the Rose-of-Sharon was mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of beauty.

3. Magnolia Plants

There are over 300 flower species that belong to the Magnolia family, all of which are able to exhibit the Nyctinasy phenomenon.

Similar to the Rose-of-Sharon, Magnolia plants are widespread among Asian countries. A few varieties, however, have been spotted in Central, North, and South America.

The flora of this family is typically a mix of white and pink hues, making them resemble the famous Japanese cherry blossoms.

When these 8-inch flowers close up at night, they remain that way for a few days before the florae wilts and dies.

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4. The Indian Lotus

The Lotus has always been a symbol of spirituality and healing. It’s no wonder that this flower is predominant across multiple ancient mythologies.

This aquatic plant belongs to the Nelumbonaceae family. One of the Lotus’ wondrous characteristics is the fact that it submerges its flowers into the water each night.

Like other flowers mentioned here, the sacred Lotus will bloom again come the morning sun. This phenomenon is mainly why this species represents rebirth and enlightenment.

Did you know that in Ancient Egypt, the Lotus was believed to have given birth to the sun?

5. American White Waterlily

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More colloquially known as the fragrant waterlily, the American White Waterlily is another plant that grows in water bodies and is known to close at night.

Native to the East side of North America, the American White Waterlily was primarily cultivated as an ornamental flower that’s currently being used in water gardens.

This delicate flower has white florae and features either a yellow or pink middle. These flowers may shut from as early as the afternoon, before reopening in the morning.

6. Gazania Or African Daisy

The African Daisy is arguably the showiest flower we’ve mentioned here. Often referred to as the Treasure Daisy, this species has bright, red florae that grow to be four inches wide.

Gazania is native to South Africa and is one of the few flowers that are quite easy to grow. This flower is also beloved because it has a long blooming season.

In other words, you can enjoy their pleasant smell and beautiful looks for most of the year. You can marvel at how they close up as the sun disappears as well.

7. Tulip

Tulips, much like Magnolia plants, come in a wide variety of colors and shapes. In fact, there are about 100 known species of Tulips!

Among the most common colors of Tulips are red, yellow, pink, and orange. Tulip flowers are tall, cup-shaped, and quite fragrant.

While Tulips aren’t exactly nyctinastic, their florae are what’s otherwise referred to as photonastic. In other words, Tulips seek light and will close when none is available—doesn’t necessarily have to be the sun.

8. Morning Glories

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As you may have guessed from the name, Morning Glory flowers are called as such because they typically bloom during the early mornings or when the sun is in full effect.

Their love of the sunshine is mainly why the flowering season for Morning Glories occurs in the early summer months. With the first sign of fall, these plants fade and die.

That said, Morning Glory varieties can be found along the coastal shores of Central and South America. Their colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers are hard to miss!

Fun fact: the florae of Morning Glory species contains a toxic chemical substance that closely resembles LSD.

9. Bloodroot

Bloodroots, or Sanguinaria Canadensis, is a unique-looking flower that’s native to North America. This flower stands out from the rest because it grows its leaves and florae separately.

Belonging to the Poppy family, the Bloodroot plant blooms delicate, thin, white flowers that are rather small in size.

These species close their flowers quite quickly once the sun sets since they only thrive in dappled sunlight.

Nowadays, parts of the Bloodroot are used in medicine to treat multiple diseases, including the common flu, sinus, and lung infection.

10. Purple Winecup

Named after the shape of their flowers, Purple Winecups are by far one of the most gorgeous plants present in our guide.

The variety of pink, red, and purple hues that color this flower is enough to make anyone fall in love with it.

Purple Winecups love to soak up as much sunlight as possible when their florae are open. Until the late hours of the afternoon, you’ll find them in full bloom.

As the sun sets, their winecups close and will remain that way even after the flower is pollinated.

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11. Taraxacum

The Taraxacum species is what we commonly call dandelions. They’re not your typical dandelion flower though, as Taraxacum flowers are usually yellow-colored.

Dandelions and Taraxacums belong to the same family, the Asteraceae, simply because they share the same flora shape.

Despite the fact that Taraxacum plants close at night, they’re considered a weed since they’re an invasive species.

Taraxacum dandelions also dislike gloomy weather and will shut their flowers then too.

12. Hardy Water Lilies

Hardy water lilies are the umbrella term for an entire species of aquatic flowers that grow from rhizomes, rather than a bulb—as is the case with tropical water lilies.

Either way, plants belonging to the hardy water lilies family are known to close their florae when the night approaches.

These flowers are quite popular as well, mainly because they’re available in a selection of breathtaking colors.

Additionally, hardy water lilies continue to bloom through late spring and all the way into late autumn.

13. Easter or Spring Cactus

Schlumbergera Gaertneri, or what’s better called the Easter Cactus is an easy-to-grow, indoor plant.

This cactus variety is a native of the Brazilian rainforests and is usually spotted blooming on rocks, trees, or other plants.

The blooming season of the Easter Cactus is rather short as it only lasts for the few months of spring (March to May).

During that time, you may be lucky to see the cactus’ flowers close up when the sun sets.

14. Crocus

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Part of the Iris family (Iridaceae), Crocus is a kind of perennial flower that grows from corms.

Much like the Lotus flower, the Crocus also symbolizes rebirth, joy, and happiness. That’s because the Crocus plants bloom bright and colorful florae.

Such a beautiful Iris can be found in the wild fields of Europe, Asia, and parts of Northern Africa. Their flowers are typically cup-shaped and are rather small.

Since Crocus varieties thrive in a lot of sunlight, they’re one of the first flowers to bloom once winter is over.

15. False Shamrocks

Did you know that Shamrocks are commonly associated with Saint Patrick’s day?

That said, False Shamrocks are wildly popular due to their vibrant, purple leaves. They’re fans of the light so they like to soak up as much of it when the sun is up.

Additionally, the Oxalis family, to which False Shamrocks belong, typically have clover-shaped flowers. This resulted in many labeling them as plants that bring you good fortune.

To Sum Up

Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but they’re also highly developed species that can react to their surrounding environment. It’s rather fascinating to witness.

Our guide helped you learn about 15 wonderful flowers that close at night. Among them are a few that can be spotted in North America, such as the Californa Poppy and the American White waterlily.

Be on the lookout for them next time you go hiking!