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Hedonisia Hawaii Botanical Plant Inventory

Night Blooming Jasmine

a) Scientific & Other Names: Cestrum nocturnum. Common names include Night-blooming Cestrum, Lady of the Night, Queen of the Night, Night-blooming jessamine, and Night-blooming Jasmine. Also known as Raat ki Rani {Queen of the night}, in Urdu and Hindi.

Night Blooming Jasmine Hawaii

Night Blooming Jasmine Hawaii

b) Region of Origin: Mexico, Central America, India, and Cuba

c) General History: Discovered by Amar Singh Ubhi, in the late 1800s on a hike through the West Indie Forests.

2) Plant Uses:

a) As Food: Danger! Contains the Solanine toxin, consumption is not recommended and may cause feverish symptoms.

b) As Medicine: No medicinal uses reported, in fact the blossom’s powerful scent has been reported to cause respiratory problems, irritation of the nose and throat, headache, nausea, and other symptoms.

c) Other Uses: Works wonderful as a decorative plant. Bell-shaped flowers open at night and release a Heavenly perfume. Although the fragrance is stronger in the evening you can still smell a light scent all day long. This attracts night pollinators such as moths or hummingbirds.

3) Growing Instructions

a) Growing:  Night-blooming jasmine is relatively easy to care for in warm climates, but may need additional care in cold environments. You can also cultivate it to grow as a tree by pruning away all growth but the tallest, strongest stem and staking it so that it grows upright. Keep the undesired growth pruned away from the stem, and cultivate the bushy top growth by pinching the new branches.

b) Best time to Harvest: /

c) Sunlight Requirements: Full/Partial Sunlight.

d) Soil Requirements: Grows best in average to moist, light and sandy soil.

e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating

  • Choose a day when the night blooming jasmine plant is actively growing
  • Find a limb with some green growth that is not too woody and not too green
  • Countdown five leaf sets from the top of the stem and cut just under the fifth leaf set. Immediately put the cutting in a container of water immersing the cut end in the water.
  • Take out cutting that was immersed in water and make another cut just below the next leaf node that is just above the original cut.
  • Pull off the leaves that are above the cut by pulling off the leaves with a downward motion rather than cutting.
  • Stick the cut end of the stem into the soil deep enough so the end of the stem, as well as the area where the leaves were removed, is covered with soil.
  • Add more soil to support stem
  • Lightly tamp the soil around the cutting to secure the stem into an upright position.

f) Controlling Spread: /

g) Difficulties with this plant: Classed as a weed in some countries and can be difficult to control.

h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: It can cause allergic reactions so we have had mixed feelings about it.

i) Location on Property: Garden C