African Daisies or Cape Marigolds, are beautiful flowers that hail from South Africa. They are available in various colors such as yellow, orange, pink, and white. These stunning flowers blossom during the summer season and can be a great way to add some color to your garden. Caring for African Daisies is not too demanding and can be accomplished with moderate watering and exposure to full sunlight. Moreover, these flowers can be effortlessly grown either in pots or gardens, making them a flexible choice for any outdoor area.
Have you ever heard of the African daisy? It’s a pretty cool flower because it’s actually the first flower to close up at night. This is called nyctinasty and it means that the flower opens and closes rhythmically in response to light and darkness. Now, let’s talk about another flower that’s just as fascinating – the crocus…
With the arrival of spring, the charming crocus takes center stage and flaunts its beautiful petals in various hues of white, purple, and yellow. Nonetheless, when the weather gets chilly, this flower retracts and shuts itself until the warmth returns. Shifting our focus to the next floral beauty, we have the dandelion.
Dandelion flowers have the tendency to shut completely or partially when there is cloudy or damp weather. Similarly, during late evening or nighttime, they tend to close even if there is still some direct sunlight.
Gazanias are a beautiful variety of flowers that have a unique characteristic called nictinasty. This means that they blossom in the evening or in areas with dim light, and close up during the day when there is ample sunlight.
Kalanchoe is a charming plant that possesses exceptional and delightful properties. Unlike Gazanias, which exhibit heliotropism and move along with the sun, Kalanchoe has its own distinctiveness that sets it apart from others.
Lotus flowers may look like they are closing or partially folding when there is not enough light or during nighttime.
As the sun sets, lotus flowers gradually start to shut. Its petals gently curl inwards and upwards, hiding the reproductive organs of the plant.
Morning glory blooms bask in the warmth of the sun and remain fully open during the day. As evening approaches, the flowers slowly close up.
As time passes, the soft petals of the poppy flower begin to wither, curl, and fall off. This occurs naturally and is often sped up by environmental factors like heat and intense sunlight. Now, onto the topic of sunflowers!
During the beginning of the day, it’s common to see young sunflowers bending their heads towards the east in order to bask in the first rays of sunlight. As the day goes on and the sun starts to set, their petals begin to partially close as they turn towards the west.
Aquatic plants called water lilies are renowned for their stunning and captivating flowers. These flowers possess a distinct trait known as nyctinasty, unlike tulips, which causes them to open and close in reaction to variations in light and temperature.
At the start of the day, water lilies flaunt their stunning blooms but as the night falls, they bid adieu by closing up. The opening and closing of these flowers depend on various factors like temperature, intensity of light, and the age of the flower. Moving on, let’s admire the charming moss rose plant.
The splendor of the flowers of this plant is most evident when they are exposed to the sun. But as the sun sets and darkness takes over, these flowers withdraw and shut themselves in for the night. This plant is commonly referred to as the 14th Day Blooming Cestrum.
While it is typical for Day Blooming Cestrum to blossom during the day, it’s worth noting that their flowers have a tendency to close up in the late afternoon or evening when the sun begins to set. This occurrence is referred to as “diurnal closing.” For further details about this fascinating plant, Garden Lover is an excellent source. The photo credit goes to Pinterest.