Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fragrant flowers of the Night Blooming Jasmine or Raat Ki Rani (Cestrum Nocturnum)

During my visit to the nursery last week to pick up seedlings of summer flowers, I decided to buy some plants with fragrant flowers, for my garden. I have been wanting to do so for some time now. I bought one Raat Ki  Rani plant in a small pot, one Har Shingar plant and two Motia plants in small plastic bags.
I wanted to plant the Raat ki Rani at the entrance to my home. So today in the morning, we dug a small hole and planted it there. It is just off the gate of my house, outside the boundary wall of my neighbour!
Raat Ki Rani or Cestrum Nocturnum is also known as Night Blooming Jasmine. It is a woody evergreen shrub which has long vine like stems that can grow quite tall if not trimmed. It's tiny, greenish cream tubular flowers bloom during the summer months, opening after the sun sets and produce a strong sweet smell.
I read online that it is quite easy to root it's stem cuttings in water so I think I will attempt to make some more plants once this plant starts flourishing.

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  1. The Raat ki rani is indeed a superbly smelling flowering plant. The flowers are not showy, but their fragrance is just heavenly. I do hope that what you've got is actually Cestrum Nocturnum, and not Cestrum Diurnum, which looks visibly same like it's night blooming counterpart, but it blooms in day. Best of luck with your experiment with the night blooming jasmine. :D

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