The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year – and thus, the longest night. What better time to appreciate some of the most beautiful flowers that bloom at night?

While most people are getting ready for the holidays (you can shop our Christmas Collection here), December 21st also marks an important event in the astronomical calendar: the winter solstice. For people in the Northern Hemisphere (everywhere north of the Equator), December 21st initiates the first day of winter – which isn’t always welcomed by people who prefer warm weather.

If you’re one who dreads dark winter days, now is the time to cheer up with some of our sunniest blooms, like Golden Sun or Sunny Fresh. These bright flower bouquets are sure to kick the winter blues right to the curb!

Believe it or not, many people do welcome winter with open arms (covered in plenty of layers, of course). So December 21st marks a special event. Most people recognize the winter solstice, also called the winter equinox, as the ‘shortest day of the year’ because it has the shortest window of sunlight from dawn to dusk.

While flowers are often associated with the long, sunny days of spring and summer, there are actually many different flower varieties that bloom in darkness. Believe it or not, some of these night-blooming flowers are highly sought after because of their rarity. Whether you love winter or you’re counting down the days till summer, you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty cool to see flowers that bloom at night.

Not familiar with night-blooming plants? Here are 7 beautiful flowers that bloom at night.

Evening Primrose

A very dainty flower that is delicate in appearance, each conical bud has several tiny blooms that open at dusk. Not only are they quite attractive to look at, but evening primrose have a nice scent as well. Yellow is one of the most common colors for this night-blooming flower to flaunt, but white and pink varieties exist as well.

Moonflower

This night-blooming flower never disappoints. As the name suggests, it has a large round bloom that is stark white, closely resembling a full moon. Each bloom can reach up to 4 or 6 inches wide, and several blooms will appear on a single vine. But you really have to pay close attention to catch this flower blooming at night – buds curl up and fall to the ground by sunrise, leaving just the lush green vine to show off in daylight.

Night Phlox

Showing off an unusual petal shape with long curls and forked ends, night phlox flowers are purple on the outside and white on the inside. They only grow about a foot tall, but their flowers are quite profuse, making them a beautiful sight that is quite striking at night.

Two-toned flowers are very unique in the natural world, and they are quite beautiful to behold. If you love the look of flowers with two colors, check out our bicolor roses that are available for delivery. Arrangements like the Chelsea Rose Bouquet make for an excellent display with captivating color contrast.

Night-Blooming Jasmine

You may have seen night-blooming jasmine without even realizing that it’s jam-packed with tiny blooms! Each bud of jasmine that blooms at night is so small that you really have to take a closer look to enjoy its beauty. But you don’t need to be that close to smell their lovely fragrance – night-blooming jasmine can spread its perfume up to 20 feet from the plant!

Four O’Clocks

Four o’clocks are a favorite of many home gardeners because they’re easy to grow and quite commonly found. Typically pink, red, yellow, or white, these cute little blooms open in the late afternoon towards dusk and can even bloom when planted in full shade.

Queen of the Night Cactus

If you really want to witness something magical, the queen of the night cactus truly takes the cake for most impressive night-blooming flower. Flaunting huge white blooms with tender, cascading spikes, this flower is a feast for the eyes. Belonging to the cactus family, it only blooms at night and wilts by morning, making for an exquisite example of beautiful flowers that bloom at night only.

Did you know that we use cacti in some of our fresh flower bouquets? Check out O.M.G. Fresh if you love mixing and matching flowers with cacti in your arrangements. With crisp white roses, lemony-lime hydrangea, little daisy blooms, and gorgeous succulents, this green and white bouquet is a great choice for a refreshing display that has a lot going on!

Night-Blooming Water Lilies

Gently floating on top of a warm pond, night-blooming water lilies perform a fantastic show from dusk till dawn, spreading their petals wide across the water. These gorgeous blooms are often found in soft shades of cream, red, pink, and mauve.

Got serious flower envy after reading about all of the beautiful flowers that bloom at night? Well, we can help you get your flower fix! All of our flowers are cut fresh on the farm at peak bloom quality before being shipped straight to your doorstep. That means you can enjoy them night and day!

We have many beautiful varieties in a full range of colors, so you can find the perfect bouquet for your mood. Our fresh-cut bouquets also make for an exceptionally beautiful gift!

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December 21, 2021 — Aimee WF