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Cestrum purpuratum - Plant

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snow-in-summer, Cestrum nocturnum
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Cestrum is a genus of - depending on authority - 150-250 species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae.

Common name: snow-in-summer, Cestrum nocturnum
Color: White
Bloom time: June
Height: 0.50 to 1.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
Plant care may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Not all plants are fragrant, but the most common and hardy do produce a sweet, carrying fragrance. Common is a vine and has larger glossy green leaves than Royal. Both can survive in temperate climates if they are planted in a sheltered area. Arabian is a small bush with evergreen leaves.

Sunlight: Full sun

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Dry

Temprature: 54 F

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush Prune plants every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material.
  • Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools.


Special Feature:
Ground cover for sunny areas. Rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens, edgings, bulb cover or dry stone wall planting pockets.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • TRADITIONAL USES: In Central and South America, local species of Cestrum have been used as teacher plants and medicine for quite some time.
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  • The plant is also used as a stupefying charm medicine in the West Indies (Voogelbreinder 2009).
  • In Kathmandu, C.
  • nocturnum flowers are presented as offerings to Shiva and Ganesh.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose.


Note:
for medicinal use

Reference:
http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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