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Cestrum nocturnum or Night-scented Jessamine

Cestrum nocturnum is from the potato family or Solanaceae family of plants. They also call it the Lady of the Night, Night-blooming Jessamine, Night-scented Jessamine, Night-scented Cestrum, Roatrani, or Poisonberry.

Cestrum nocturnum
Cestrum nocturnum

Native to West Indies, it is a woody evergreen shrub that grows about 4m or 13ft tall. The foliage is dark green, glossy, simple, and narrowly lanceolate. The flowers are greenish-white or yellow and grow in clusters. They are fragrant at night. After flowering, they produce dark-colored fruit.

This plant contains solanine. It is an alkaloid toxin. The fragrance could cause respiratory issues, especially to those with asthma problems.

How to grow Cestrum nocturnum:

Grow Cestrum nocturnum in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in humus-rich, fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Water regularly until it is well-established. Shelter from strong sun and protect from wide temperature fluctuations. Propagate by cuttings. The berries are poisonous to humans and animals but not to birds. It is generally disease-free and pest-free. Prune after flowering is done.

Cestrum nocturnum
Cestrum nocturnum

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