We are proud to offer fresh tabernaemontana divaricata (syn tabernaemontana coronaria) seeds from India in limited supply. This is an evergreen shrub in the dogbane family whose flowers resemble those of jasmine. It is an attractive ornamental, but it can be difficult to find. The plant has also traditionally been used in Ayurveda and traditional medicine of Southeast. All vegetative parts of this shrub, including the roots and latex, contain active alkaloids. Among these alkaloids are tabernaemontanine, conolidine and coronaridine among others. Coronaridine is also known as 18-carbomethoxyibogamine and binds to a wide range of receptors. Some of these alkaloids show potential to aid in pain relief, and the root was actually chewed in traditional herbal practices to help with pain and inflammation, among other uses.
Growing Information: This plant is rare enough that set growing instructions are unavailable. We recommend that you plant the seeds in a moist, rich well-draining soil approximately 1/8”-1/4” deep and keep moist until germination begins. We would appreciate any growing tips you may have if you decide to partake in the exploration of species.