Could anyone identify this plant (bush/flower)? Sorry for the poor quality of the images.

  • Picture taken in the north Serbia on 07.09.2017 at 5pm. Maybe that's important for bloom state.
  • The leaves are hairy, but not sticky.
  • This plant has a very strong smell that could be felt in the radius of 10 meters (32 feet). First you feel the smell and then look for the source of it.
  • This smell is sweet, pronounced floral, but not cloying. Maybe if you mix up tea & floral honey you'll get something similar.
  • Actually I felt smell yesterday at 8pm and it was 25° Celsius (77° Fahrenheit). Today it is 16° Celsius (62° Fahrenheit) and no smell at 5pm.

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  • Could you tell us a bit about the leaves, please? Texture, hairs, ....?
    – Stephie
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 21:14
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    This thing grows 10 min from my home but unfortunately that's a bit late for wandering local streets)) I'll try to collect more info tomorrow. About leaves, bloom and soil.
    – Bzhenko
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 21:26
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    We would of course also appreciate better photos (daylight, no flash?)... But it's rare that we get a question with as much details and effort as yours.
    – Stephie
    Commented Sep 6, 2017 at 21:28
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    Like Stephie says, this is Petunia. If I were you, I'd collect the seeds because in ten years everybody will have only newer varieties, most of them not drought-resistant. It happened like this in Romania and I regret not saving seeds.
    – Alina
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 4:33
  • Now you have more fine details and new pictures. I was mistaken - leaves are fuzzy.
    – Bzhenko
    Commented Sep 7, 2017 at 18:18

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That looks a lot like a petunia (Petunia x hybrida) - a member of the nightshade family and as it emits its scent only at night, we often overlook this property and just think of the flowers. The genetic mechanisms that regulate the timing oF scent emission have even been the topic of scientific research. In short, the scent is strongest when the pollinating insects - moths in this case - are most active. Late evening and early night, just as you described.

Some cultivars tend to spread, and that's what we see in your picture (unless those are multiple plants).

The leaves are always slightly fuzzy, sometimes even a bit sticky and the trumpet-shaped flowers, that come in many shades of white, blue, purple, pink and red (but never yellow or orange, unles genetically engineered and prohibited in the EU) and often have a line (darker or lighter) down the center of each petal.

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