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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Most Unusual Contest - Naming The Heady Scent Of My Summer

Every summer a plant that is in my mother's garden makes a fragrance which only comes out at night. It is such a heady and sweet smell that it's perfume makes you feel all the fullness of summer. It makes you want to breed, it makes you want to breath life into everything around you.

Unfortunately we don't know exactly what it is. At first my mother used to refer to it as Chinese Jasmine. Then later she referred to it as Star Jasmine and later still she referred to it as Evening Night Shade. I really think that towards the end she was just throwing me off the scent (pun), much like Italian women will never pass on all the ingredients of their signature dishes.

So, I am putting it to you enormously intelligent blog readers and I am offering a pocket square to the winner if you can tell me exactly the latin biological name of this species and what is is commonly called in English. If you can do that, you will hopefully receive a pocket square before Christmas. So far we received one lead from a customer, he thought it was jasmine too - but there seems to be a difference between the leaves on the link from Wikipedia (click here) and the leaves of the actual plant that I took myself two days ago.

Name this plant correctly (biologically and in common English) and I will send you a pocket square for Christmas

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Dave Rose from Sydney Wildflower Nursery  wrote in the following:

The plant in question is commonly known as Queen of the Night, or the Night Blooming Jasmine. Its botanical name is Cestrum nocturnum Have a look - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cestrum_nocturnum When grown from seed it can vary in its form, but I believe this is the plant in question! Hope this settles your frustration. 

Regards, 
Dave Rose
Sydney Wildflower Nursery

1 comment:

  1. The plant in question is commonly known as Queen of the Night, or the Night Blooming Jasmine.
    Its botanical name is Cestrum nocturnum
    Have a look - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cestrum_nocturnum
    When grown from seed it can vary in its form, but I believe this is the plant in question!

    Hope this settles your frustration.

    Regards,

    Dave Rose
    Sydney Wildflower Nursery

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