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Cestrum × cultum 'Cretan Purple'

Family Name: Solanaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Semi-Shade Moderate Water Ornamental Flowers Woody


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Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Shrub which grows in an arching manner, able to grow up to 2 - 4 m tall and with a spread of 1.5 - 3 m wide.
Foliage Green leaves in a alternate arrangement, margins slightly wavy.
Flowers Thin, funnel-shaped violet flowers in a inflorescence, 5-petaled which are white in colour. 
Etymology Species cultum means cultivated.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens
Usage Hazard - Cons Toxic Upon Ingestion

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

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Master ID 29494
Species ID 3803
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.