Queen of Night or our commonly known raat ki raani is a fragrant flowering bush. Also known as Night blooming jasmine, night scented jessamine or the cestrum nocturnum flowering bush can grow in all climates and is an evergreen flowering bush.
Its wonderful plant with strong mesmerizing fragrance.
There is a folk lore or belief heard since ages that this raat ki raani attracts snakes.
Common belief strongly links snakes with ‘Chandan’ tree and certain strongly pleasant smelling flowers’ plant, e.g. ‘Raat-Raani’, as the overpoweringly pleasant smell is said to attract snakes. Hence people are advised against planting these plants in their homes.
It is not the smell of the plant the snake is attracted to, it is rather the insects that are attracted to the strong, far-reaching smell of its flowers. Flowers develop fragrance to attract pollinators, and snakes eat pollinators, so in a way they are attracted to the tree. They make a habit of visiting the plentiful source of food.
Some people also mention growing the Din Ka Raja plant Cestrum Diurnum near it to ward off this belief.
Till now none of our customer reported similar experience, and I doubt all these beliefs, with so many fragrances around champa, jasmine, jai juhi, mogra, tube roses and the many colourful fragrant roses growing on our terrace,
More over the reptiles usually dislike the smell and leave the place with fragrance. Till now there have no evidence of any particular smell that can attract the snake
If you are growing this wonderful plant in apartment, there are no issues, instead you will find a lot colorful birds visiting your terrace more often.
Even on ground / garden, try to keep the area clean & bushless. The raat ki rani will surely add wonders to your garden and not snakes.