Cestrum Nocturnum is a perennial flowering shrub native to Central and South America. This rapid grower can easily reach 10-12 feet in height and usually must be trimmed back to maintain desired size, particularly if grown indoors. Cestrum nocturnum reproduces by seeds and stem cuttings that can be rooted in plain water. Therefore, trimming can be a time to multiply your plants. Cestrum nocturnum is commonly known as Night-blooming Jasmine, Night Queen or Lady of the Night. These names derive from cestrum nocturnum’s habit of blooming at night. The greenish white flowers of Night-blooming Jasmine are among the most fragrant in the world. Cestrum Nocturnum’s flowers resemble those of nicotiana alata, which is similarly named, Jasmine Tobacco. Jasmine Tobacco is also white-flowered, fragrant and blooms at night. Another commonality is that cestrum nocturnum,, like tobacco, is a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. Although it blooms at night, cestrum nocturnum is so potent that it is still fragrant during the day. To some, the scent is overpowering to the point that it can cause dizziness. Some growers say that the scent helps repel mosquitoes. Cestrum nocturnum produces white berries. The unripe berries are considered to be poisonous. But it seems that there is a tradition of shamanic use of the fresh or dried flowers in Nepal. The shamans there call it hosanna. Little is known in the Western world about the use of this plant in that way, and all parts of the plant are generally regarded as poisonous. Ingestion can be lethal. LIVE PLANTS ALSO AVAILABLE!
WARNING: Despite this plant’s beauty, this plant contains compounds that are poisonous if ingested. Do not ingest for any reason and keep away from curious pets and children. Do not attempt medicinal use unless under the direction and care of a physician.
Growing Information: Plant your seeds at a depth of 1/8″ in a light sandy soil with a neutral ph. Keep the seeds warm throughout germination, which can easily take 6 weeks. Keep your established cestrum nocturnum in full sun to partial shade and water when the soil begins to dry out. Cestrum nocturnum is considered hardy in zones 8b-11. Optimal growth occurs at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Cestrum nocturnum is a tender plant, so it will reportedly die back to the roots in the cooler areas. Plants can also be brought indoors before the average temperature falls below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Be sure to properly acclimate your Night Queen plants before returning them to the outdoors because a sudden change can shock the plant.
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