Cestrum parqui is also known as Willow-leaved Jessamine, Palqui, Green Cestrum. It is part of the Solanaceae family of plants. It is native to Chile. Cestrum parqui is fast-growing. It is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub. The foliage is light green. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate. When crushed they have a rubber-like fragrance.
The flowers are light yellow-green. They are tubular. And they are fragrant at night. They appear as small tubular terminal sprays. It flowers in summer and autumn. Cestrum parqui produces a brownish ovoid berry. Cestrum parqui can grow to about 2.5m or 8ft.
How to grow Cestrum parqui:
Grow Cestrum parqui sheltered from the hot sun but in plenty of diffused light. Plant it in moist, well-drained soil. It requires less water in the winter months. Propagate Cestrum parqui from seed or by softwood cuttings in the summer. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. It is easy to maintain.
Cestrum parqui is considered an invasive weed in Australia. It is a danger to livestock. All parts of the plant are toxic. However, the birds feed on the seeds. This also help spread the plant.
Cestrum parqui in traditional medicine and Culture
Cestrum parqui is used in traditional medicine to treat tumors and hemorrhoids as well as a laxative or antispasmodic. Cestrum parqui is also used in rituals of the Huilliche people of the Los Lagos Region.
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