Green Cestrum, Chilean Cestrum, Chilean Jessamine, Green Poison-Berry, Iodine-Bush
Cestrum parqui is a sun-loving deciduous to semi evergreen shrub species in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. It has a bushy habit and originates from Chile. Leaves are lance-shaped and they can grow to 12cm in length. In summer and autumn it produces tubular, scented, yellow flowers which smell strongest at night. These then develop into oval brown berry fruits, green when unripe. This species has won a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in the UK, however in many other locations with more favourable climates, such as South Africa, this species is considered highly invasive.
Generally not harvested
Sow in spring into pots in a cold frame.
Take softwood cuttings in summer.
If growing indoors use a loam based compost in full light, but provide protection from the midday sun.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
This low maintenance plant suits being included in Mediterranean style gardens and can be grown indoors in containers.
Generally pest and disease free