The waxy flower brachts of my red cestrum (also known as Cestrum fasciculatum Newellii) have finally reemerged. This is the first of the beautiful, deep raspberry-magenta brachts to bloom. This photo I took a few minutes ago. We have had a few days of rain here and the wind was gently blowing. It was remarkably still for just the right moment for me to capture this show-stopper!
TIP and CONSUMER ALERT: 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 NOTwant 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: