Cestrum Species, Bastard Jasmine, Elegant Cestrum, Pink Cestrum, Purple Cestrum, Red Cestrum

Cestrum elegans

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cestrum (SES-trum) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Synonym:Cestrum elegans var. totutla
Synonym:Cestrum elegans var. truncata


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)


Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Granada Hills, California

Martinez, California

Redondo Beach, California

San Francisco, California(2 reports)

Santa Barbara, California

Stockton, California

Vista, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Keystone Heights, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2014, flyingfishie wrote:

I live in South Africa, in the KwaZulu Midlands. This plant has invaded my property and taken over at least 4000m2 of the 9000m2.
I would suggest container planting only especially in areas that they flourish.
It takes continued maintenance to pull out and cut down and they keep coming up every where - plant with discretion.
Beautiful evergreen and stunning show when flowering but invasive in ideal environment and left unchecked.


On Nov 4, 2013, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Also known as jessamines - from 'jasmine' - due to their fragrant flowers. Butterflies are attracted to their brightly coloured flowers. The do well in a sheltered, sunny spot protected from frosts.


On Oct 21, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Red Cestrum, unlike the Orange flowering type, is readily available. On the US West Coast it is evergreen, somewhat rangy and almost ever-blooming. Fairly drought tolerant but flowers better with some summer water. Grows fast and the arching branches will overshadow other plants nearby if you don't stake/prune. Tough and vigorous (mine flowered within 6 wks of being planted from a 1 gallon can), hardly noticed being transplanted after doubling in size, unlike many plants I could name! Very self-cleaning, no pest problems so far, a very good perennial that deserves more notice.