The yesterday, today, and tomorrow plant, native to Brazil, is a warm weather plant that blooms in late summer and through the winter. Its pretty purple to white blooms that seem to outlast the normal blooming season make it very a very desirable addition to any garden.
This plant grows outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 9, 10, 11, and 12. It can be grown in a flower pot indoors if properly cared for. The plant gets its name because its blooms come out deep purple, fade to lilac, and finally to white before they wilt. The flowers resemble pansies and grow to about a two inch diameter around the white throats. The grow prolifically in clusters. The brilliant green leaves are evergreen. If planted in the ground, the plant should be placed in a sunny area that gets some shade. The soil pH should be slightly acidic and you should water regularly but not too much. Though this is a tropical plant, it can survive night time temperatures in the twenties.
The yesterday, today, and tomorrow plant will generate several stems and grow as high as eight feet tall, but it does accept pruning if you want to keep it smaller. And the intensely colored beautiful flowers are also very fragrant. One caution though, the seeds and berries contain alkaloids and are poisonous so it is important to keep children and pets away from this enticing plant. The plant can be propagated in spring and summer from tip cuttings of new growth. In colder climates, the plant can be potted and taken inside. You can prune it so that it will grow to only two to three feet high.
If you live in the warmer climate zones the yesterday, today, and tomorrow plant is a good option as a foundation plant or a border plant for your garden. In colder climates, you can still enjoy its beautiful flowers indoors in a flower pot.