Cestrum nocturnum

Cestrum nocturnum

Common names:- Night-blooming Cestrum, Night blooming jasmine, Rat ki rani रात की रानी (Hindi), Thabal lei (Manipuri), Hasna hana (Bengali), Raatrani रातराणी (Marathi, Konkani)

This sprawling shrub has glossy, smooth, simple leaves 4″-8″ long. Vine-like stems reach up to 12′ in its native habitat, but it seldom reaches more than a 4′ mound in a single season. It blooms in cycles throughout warm weather. Greenish-creamy white tubular flowers rise from above leaves along the stem, followed by shiny white, fleshy berries.

Although the flowers are not showy to the eye, their sweet scent can overpower. The perfume is distinctly powerful at night – this feature has had its influence on its common name in all languages.

The fragrance is present but much lighter during the daytime hours.
Though not a true jasmine, this plant’s strong fragrance is legend among fragrant plant lovers.
However, don’t overdo it – with this or any other sweet smelling plants. Some people find the smell overwhelming. Just one of these fragrant shrubs in a landscape is enough.
This plant does best in a sunny spot, with an informal look that works well in tropical or cottage-garden styles of landscaping – or it can soften the look of a more manicured yard.
It flowers on and off all year – more in warmer months – with small white berries appearing after the bloom cycle.

The Hindi name translates to queen of the night, while the Manipuri name means moon flower.
No fragrant garden should be without this nocturnal beauty.
While night blooming jasmine is a gorgeous plant with charming blooms, the scent also produces severe allergic reactions in some individuals.
The cascading clusters of tiny tubular flowers are cream colored – not particularly showy but they pack a wallop of scent when they open at dus

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