Zaluzianskya capensis ‘Midnight Candy’.

Many of the people whose blogs I read are busy ordering their seeds at the moment. Two of the catalogues I enjoy are Chilterns and Plant World Seeds. Chilterns have no pictures but Plant World tempt you with pictures of plants you just have to grow. I have only got as far as Aquilegias and I seem to  have too many already. If you are like me you probably never even get as far as  Z, which means you will miss the lovely annual with the impossible name; Zaluzianskya capensis. It comes from South Africa and was named after a botanist from Prague called Adam Zaluziansky von Zaluszian.   Its common name is ‘Night Phlox’ which is just as well as the Latin name doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue.The flowers are  a very pretty white stars with  purple-maroon backs to them. They close up during the day and open up at dusk to release a wonderful fragrance. I can best describe it as a combination of vanilla, marzipan and honey, but that doesn’t do it justice. They are easy to grow and I think the best way to enjoy them is to grow them in pots and in summer keep them on your terrace under the window or in the conservatory. I bring a pot of them into the house when we have friends round and everyone is always bowled over by the  delicious perfume.  Everyone thinks they must be some impossibly exotic plant rather than an easy to grow annual.


I’ve just noticed there is a snail on the right of the picture, how strange that I didn’t notice it at the time.

 I usually grow a few pots of Night Phlox  to give as gifts to my friends because not many people seem to know it . That’s probably  because it comes at the end of the seed catalogue and has a difficult to remember name.  Do try it you won’t be disappointed. 

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16 Responses to Zaluzianskya capensis ‘Midnight Candy’.

  1. Thanks for the tip, you make it sound wonderful. I have just ordered two packets from T&M! I have a friend who is bonkers about scent so she will love to grow them.

  2. Chloris says:

    I don’t think you will be disappointed. And the flowers last for ages.

  3. Pauline says:

    That’s a lovely looking plant and perfume too, how can we resist! I feel the same about a plant called Ypsilandra, I bought it because I liked the name, but it has turned out to be a super plant for shade.

  4. Chloris says:

    You are right , Pauline, it is gorgeous. I love it too. You reminded me about this lovely plant, and I have just written a post about it

  5. Flighty says:

    I browse A to Z, then back again. That’s a wonderful looking plant. xx

  6. Chloris says:

    Well I think you have the right idea. And then make your list after looking at everything. That way you don’t decide you’ve spent far too much by the time you get to aquilegia.

  7. Annette says:

    South Africa has such a wealth of plants and I practically went around with my mouth open! It’s the most beautiful place and you can spend hours lying on the ground examining a tiny section of land forever discovering new plants. Your night phlox looks very dainty and I will watch out for it 🙂

  8. Chloris says:

    I have never been to South Africa, lucky you. I love South African plants . I have come across a nursery in Totnes in Devon that specialises in them. It is called Desirable Plants.I haven’t bought anything from them so far but this year I may well succumb.Their catalogue is very tempting.

  9. marty stevens says:

    Any tips for starting them from seed? Mine have sprouted in only 5 days (with bottom heat), but not sure what to do as far as thinning and plant spacing if they get that far…Last year only a few sprouted and the ended up wilting and dying. Not sure why. Kept humidity dome on and on a heat mat under 4 ft fluorescent light. Are the temperamental about transplanting? Right now there are about 5 seedlings per cell, but they are far to tiny to touch yet. Any adviser would be greatly appreciated. Marty

    • Chloris says:

      Hello Marty, I have never tried transplanting Zaluzianskya. I think you wait until they are big enough to handle, then put them into 3 inch pots to grow on until the risk of frost is past and then you can plant them out. If you want to enjoy the fragrance up close then transplant them into a pretty pot when they are big enough. I have always just sown them straight into a large pretty pot and let them grow in it. It saves time and trouble and has always worked for me. I used to grow them in the garden but I never really got to enjoy the fragrance like that. If you bring the pot into the house in the evening the scent is incredible. Good luck!

  10. marty stevens says:

    Are “they” temperamental, and any “advise”…damn tablet!

  11. marty stevens says:

    Oh and I am in zone 5. How many plants per pot and what size pot do you use?

  12. marty says:

    Thanks, I’ll let you know how it goes!

  13. David says:

    I’m going to try these in pots this year. Your picture looks great, so many flowers on that plant. Is there just one, or are there more than one plants in that pot? If more how many?

  14. David says:

    Thanks for the reply. What size pot do you use? Also, what time of year was the photograph taken? Just looking for a few insights seeing as this will be my first time at growing these.

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