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Night Blooming Jessamine, Lady of the Night

Cestrum Nocturnum

  • Common name: Night Blooming Jessamine, Lady of the Night, Queen of the Night, Night Blooming Jasmine
  • Scientific name: Cestrum nocturnum
  • Family name: Solanaceae
  • Origin: West Indies
  • Height: 8-10 ft
  • Width: 4-6 ft
  • Growth: Moderate
  • Zone: 8b-11
  • Light needs: Full sun to partial shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Prefers moist, light, sandy soil with a neutral pH (pH 6.6 - 7.5)
  • Moisture: Moderate water needs; should be watered regularly.
  • Drought tolerance: Moderate
  • Pests/diseases: Leaf spot and leaf rust; spider mites may be a problem.
  • Growing conditions: Should be grown in an open, sunny area with moist, well-drained, sandy soil. Can be grown as a porch plant or patio plant, or it can be grown directly in the ground. Should be watered regularly; water more when conditions are dry, and water less if conditions are moist.
  • Characteristics: Leaves are simple, narrow, pointed, and glossy. Leaves grow in an alternate pattern along the stem. Flowers are small, white, and five-petaled. Flowers grow in clusters near the ends of stems. These flowers bloom at night and have a strong, sweet fragrance. Fruits are small, white berries, and are mildly poisonous.
  • Propagation: By cuttings or by seeds
  • Wildlife: Flowers attract nocturnal pollinators, such as moths
  • Facts: Its species name, nocturnum, comes from the word nocturnal, meaning “active at night”. It is closely related to Cestrum diurnum, which blooms during the day.
  • Designer considerations: Its sweet fragrance makes it a great choice for a patio plant, porch plant, or for hedges. 


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