Cestrum diurnum

Common Name(s): Day jessamine

Non-Native to Florida

Origin: Tropical America1
Introduction to Florida: pre-1933 (ornamental)2

Cestrum diurnum is occasionally found growing in disturbed sites of the central and southern peninsula of Florida. It is native to the West Indies but escaped cultivation. Day jessamine blooms year round (Wunderlin).

View information and pictures about day jessamine, as contained in the Langeland/Burks book, Identification & Biology of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas.

day jessamineView the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.




1. Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 257. 2008.

2. Strangers in Paradise, Impact and Management of Nonindigenous Species in Florida, Chapter 2: Florida’s Invasion by Nonindigenous Plants: History, Screening, and Regulation, by D.R. Gordon and K.P. Thomas, pp. 21-37. Island Press, Washington, DC, 1997.

3. Integrated Management of Nonnative Plants in Natural Areas of Florida, by K. A. Langeland, J. A. Ferrell, B. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and R. K. Stocker. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 242. 2011.

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