Predictably, I stopped the car to get a few cuttings of the rambling plant. Sadly, though none of the cuttings took but I was determined to get one.
I found the quisqualis easily at a garden centre. They had both the single-petalled variety and the double-petalled ones. I bought the latter.
The quisqualis surprised me. It grew quickly, throwing out branches and leaves at an amazing speed. The plant could have been on steroids. Try pruning the plant all the way back to base, and it’ll bounce back even before you can say ‘Geronimo’.
When I first saw so much green I wondered if I had done the right thing.
But the good thing about the quisqualis is that once it decides to bloom, the whole plant is ablaze. New flowers have a faint blush that slowly deepens into a ruddy colour.
Their heavy clusters of flowers are attention grabbers. And if you miss them in the fading daylight, your nose won’t. Just let the delicate perfume assail your senses.
Care and cultivation: Full sun; water moderately; well-drained soil; propagation through stem cuttings, root cuttings or suckers