The Kadapul Flower (native to Sri Lanka) is a night owl that begins to unfold its petals around 10:30 p.m. When all its petals have opened, an intense fragrance fills the air for a few minutes. Then the petals begin to wilt, and by dawn the flower has withered. The Kadapul Flower has been described as "the midnight miracle" and has been compared to "someone who has an impressive, but very brief moment of glory, since it takes a year to bloom for one single night."
"Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of their character, though few can decipher even fragments of their meaning. ~Lydia M. Child