The sweet smell of Ratrani FLOWER
February 12, 2012 7:33am CST
As I have said I am attending seminar of Orissa Physical society, because of health issues I am staying in a fellow scientist’s home instead of the hotel room. This evening I was sitting in the rooftop garden of Professor Saha, it was so sweet smelling, as if someone has sprayed perfume there. I enquired him about this smell, he said it is from a flower we call ‘Ratrani’ or ‘Night-Queen’, because this scent comes at night only. I have requested him to give me few pieces from the plant which I will plant in our garden, no full plant is needed. The teacher in me, made some research and found this information on this plant. Its scientific name is, ‘Cestrum nocturnum’ the common names include night-blooming cestrum, lady of the night, and queen of the night, night-blooming Jessamine, and night-blooming jasmine. It has the strongest fragrance out of all the fragrant plants we carry. In the evening the fragrance becomes almost intoxicating. It is a common misconception that this bush is fragrant only at night. It is true that the fragrance is stronger in the evening but you can still smell a light scent all day long. Plants bloom on and off during the warmer months of the year. Night Blooming Jasmine grows very fast. You will have to trim it back (after the flowers) and upgrade the pot size after a while. They should not be grown in pots forever, but new plants can be started easily from cuttings if the plant gets too big and old. [b]Do you have this in your garden? Try to get some; you will like it, if you like scents and perfumes like me. Do you wear perfumes, what is your favorite, mine is rose. Hope you find this information useful. Please comment on this and share your opinion. Thanks in advance. Let’s enjoy life to fullest. [/b] Professor ‘*^Bhuwan^*’. . 12/2/2012.
• Bhubaneswar, India
12 Feb 12
Namaskar sir AS a kid, the place where I was brought up had a big garden and my late grandmother had a flair for plants. We did have the Night Jasmine and it was my favorite. The pleasant smell really is quite soothing and it feels that addictive to me. But unfortunately today, we all (me, my parents) stay in rented places which are quite small and do not have much space for gardens. I wish to have this night jasmine but as it is not a plant that can grow in a pot, it seems we will have to wait till we get a place with some space where we can go for it. Though my wife has some table roses and also tulasi in pots, the space crunch is the spolier.
13 Feb 12
Thank you for the interesting information. The plant sounds like something we would enjoy, and I will make some enquiries about growing and caring for it here in our colder UK climate. Currently we have honesuckle that has a sweet smell during the summer months at sundown and especially after a rainshower. Unfortunately it is at the other side of the garden, and we would like to have some fragrance under our window. Hopw you and your family are keeping well Bhuwan. _Derek
13 May 12
hello professor... i have planted ratrani in my balcony in a pot around 4-5 months back...but since the day i have planted it has not bloomed a single flower. can u plz suggest a way to bring flowers to it..??? we mix fertilisers which the plnt sellers sell & also cow dung in soil quite frequently but it doesnt seem to affect... plzzz suggest for a remedy...waiting for a reply.
13 Feb 12
good morning sir, yes i also have this plant in my house andn my mother had planted it.This flower has a very strong sense but sir i have heard from my mother that snakes also visit these places and so i think that is why my mother has planted it in the garden. The smell of this flower is indeed very strong but i like it. have a nice day
12 Feb 12
hello dada We call this flower "dama de noche" or maiden of the night. This is very rare here in the city- but still some areas are planting. I guess I am going to buy one for this coming summer. I love the smell and yes, it's so sweet :) Hugs to you and maa
• Garden Grove, California
12 Feb 12
hi professor. odd I had just came outside here in Goldcrest the other afternoon to watch for my best friend Nelda to pick me up.'She was coming after work to take me to the bank. the air was stillwarm but it was getting towards dusk.I noticed the really pleasant rich'odor and looked around the few shrubs here were not scented then I realized it was coming from a border planting across the street. Night blooming Jasmine as nothing else has quite that same sweet scent. we used to have Jasmine planted on the side'of our house where our bedrooms were. This was on purpose to get that sweet fragrance in oour bedrooms at night.Sob we had to sell that house many years back. But I had learned to pick out that fragrance from among all the other flowering plants. Now in February we will see the two big Jacaranda trees come in bloom in a lilac colored haze of blue purple bloom.. they also have a scent much like Jasmine but not as heavy. b ut if you had a row of these trees in bloom the air is just heavenly to breathe with this Jasmine like scent. My favorite perfume is a light floral scent that is mostly Jasmine with some rose in it.that is part of enjoying life, the rich perfumes of blooming plants here in 'California. but some roses here while pretty have no scents, so diappointing. lol lol