Cestrum diurnum

Cestrum diurnum

Cestrum diurnum, commonly known as Day-Blooming Jessamine, is a flowering shrub native to the Caribbean and Central America. It is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 10 feet tall and has glossy green leaves.

The flowers are small, white or yellow in color, and have a sweet scent that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Cestrum diurnum is a small-sized woody shrub. The berry-like fruits are bluish-purple. Each fruit contains 4-10 seeds.

cestrum diurnum

Propagation of Cestrum diurnum

Cestrum diurnum is easy to propagate from seed or cuttings. Seeds should be planted in well-draining soil and kept moist until germination occurs. Cuttings should be taken from the tips of new growth and placed in a rooting medium such as perlite or sand. Once rooted, the cuttings can be transplanted into individual pots or into the garden.

Cestrum diurnum Plant Care

When it comes to plant care, the plant prefers full sun. This means that the plant should be placed in an area that receives direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day.

The soil should be kept moist but not overly wet or dry. It is best to water the plant regularly, allowing the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering again. When propagating plants, it is also important to keep the soil evenly moist during this process. It is drought-tolerant but will benefit from regular watering during dry periods.

The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before any new growth starts.

Cestrum diurnum uses

Cestrum diurnum is widely cultivated for its fragrant white flowers and bright orange-red berries. The plant has many uses in traditional medicine, as well as in landscaping and horticulture.

In traditional medicine, Cestrum diurnum is used to treat a variety of ailments, including fever, headaches, and digestive problems. The leaves and flowers are also used to make teas and tinctures that can be taken internally or applied topically.

In landscaping and horticulture, Cestrum diurnum is an attractive addition to any garden. It can be grown as a hedge or privacy screen when planted in groups, and its fragrant flowers make it a popular choice for cut flower arrangements. The plant is also used to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden.

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