I prefer to eat them! And what better way to enjoy moon cakes than in the cool of the evening with a whiff of the natural fragrance of the Moon Flower.
The Moon Flower (Ipomoea alba) is quite special. It only blooms at night. I read that it’s because, it wants to attract nocturnal insects like moths to pollinate it. It belongs to the Morning Glory family, but the flower is much bigger, and looks more like a hibiscus actually.
Propagation is by means of seeds and it’s quite a simple plant to grow. You can plant it in a pot. Make sure it gets adequate sunlight and plant it near to something to climb because it is a climber.
The flower opens very quickly. One minute it is still a bud, and the next (once it gets dark) and the flower is fully bloomed.