Red Cestrum

Red cestrum, from a distanceRed cestrum, close upLast year, I found this beautiful plant, also known as Cestrum fasciculatum Newellii. It is native to Mexico. I am growing it as a specimen plant in a container. What struck me was the beautiful, deep raspberry-magenta shade of their lovely brachts or waxy flowers. Pictured are two photos of this plant (in the orange container) after its old leaves dried up. I just came in after removing the dead leaves that did not fall off naturally. Like a phoenix, this plant will rise again, showing another display. I was very fortunate last year when it put on a heavy display of brachts and berries, in time for the Christmas holiday. I’ll post new photos when the plant is a bit more filled in later in the year!

TIP and CONSUMER ALERT UPDATE: be sure to wear sturdy disposable gloves when removing or touching ANY part of this plant with your hands, since all parts are said to be highly POISONOUS if ingested. You do NOT want to take any chances with your health. I washed my hands with soap and hot water twice, after handling this plant.

More information on toxic plants can be found here:

http://www.calpoison.org/hcp/KNOW%20YOUR%20PLANTS-plant%20list%20for%20CPCS%2009B.pdf

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