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at the Atlanta
Botanical Gardens, blooming nicely in July 2003. The bay-like, very dark
leaves and dark purple stems are of wonderful substance and character.
The thick, waxy red inflorescences are quite different for a bedding
plant as this was and is used elsewhere. It is really a tropical shrub
and can be grown (among other species of the genus) in USDA zones 9-10
as a woody landscape plant. One is more apt to run into the genus for
the first time in a large conservatory planting where various taxa are
cultivated to floral perfection. The particular cultivar has been
around since 1876 but is truly a new plant for most of us.
Birds and insects of various types are attracted to the flowers and often to any fruits that develop. Most are fragrant too.
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|Cestrum 'African Dawn'|
dark crimson red
fd: very large
or: Hammer. it is related to C. 'Newellii' and probably an improved clone of it.
|Cestrum 'Compact Purple'|
ft: tubular corolla
in: Kartuz Greenhouses (online catalog 2002)
|Cestrum x cultorum 'Cretan Purple'|
or: probably a hybrid with C. parqui
|Cestrum elegans 'Longiflorum' (var. longiflorum Francey)|
fd: at least 1.0 in. long - species averages 0.75 in.
|Cestrum elegans 'Smithii' (var. smithii Bailey)|
|Cestrum 'Golden Night' (C. noctorum x C. diurnum)|
fc: light buds open yellow to bronzy-gold
|Cestrum 'Goldspire' (C. aurantiacum x C. nocturnum?)|
golden yellow (much like C. aurantiacum)
ff: rich scent as C. nocturnum
|Cestrum 'Moon Glow' (C. parqui x C. aurantiacum)|
bt: long bloom season - all year indoors
ff: rich scent
lc: dark green
or: Kartuz Greenhouses before 2001
|Cestrum 'Newellii' (probably C. elegans x ?)|
fc: bright crimson or orange-red - superior to C. elegans
lc: dull green
or: Mr. Newell of Downham Market, Norfolk, England before 1880. Parentage unknown.
aw: RHS FCC 1876, AM 1951, AGM 1993
|Cestrum roseum 'Ilnacullin'|
ns: may be the same as C. elegans 'Smithii'. They are said to be similar at least.
ns: a listed name from the RHS HORTICULTURAL DATABASE 2002.
|Cestrum violaceum 'Woodside White' = Lochroma cyaneum|