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CESTRUM elegans

Image of Cestrum elegans

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Family

Solanaceae

Botanical Name

CESTRUM elegans

Plant Common Name

Butterfly Flower, Red Cestrum

Special Notice

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General Description

From spring to early fall, red cestrum displays cute clusters of pinkish red, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A fast-growing evergreen shrub with arching branches, it is a Mexican native. The leaves are lance-shaped, mid-green and have tiny silvery hairs. Anytime from spring to early fall, when temperatures are warm and soil moisture plentiful, the small tubular flowers appear in tight clusters on twig tips. Each blossom is pink, pink-red or magenta, long and has five short, stubby, star-like petals that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. After pollination small violet-red berries may develop and then be devoured by songbirds.

Grow red cestrum in a fertile, well-draining, non-alkaline soil in full sun (or partial sun in hot summer regions). Provide water from spring to fall to promote continuous flushes of flowers, but markedly reduce irrigation in winter. Pruning can be done selectively on branches during the growing season to keep it to an appropriate size or shape. In frost-prone areas it will be killed to the ground and resprout in the spring as soil warms. Use it as a large accent shrub in the mixed border or wildlife garden. Its flowers and foliage stems can be used as a cutflower.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Crimson, Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Bark Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No