Star Jasmine: When You Think Of Fragrance In The Garden
Trachelospermum jasminoides is commonly called star jasmine, or confederate jasmine. When you think of fragrance in the garden star jasmine is one of the first plants that come to mind. The intensely sweet star jasmine is not really a true jasmine, but a member of the genus Trachelospermum. The species is jasminoides means jasmine-like.
Star jasmine is a monoecious, twining, evergreen, woody perennial. In areas where it is winter hardy (Hardiness Zones 8 to 10) it may be grown as a vine, a sprawling shrub or as a ground cover. Axillary and terminal clusters of sweetly fragrant, starry, creamy white flowers appear in late spring (May to June) with sporadic additional bloom in summer. Flowers are attractive to bees.
Shiny, oval, opposite, dark green leaves (to 3 to 4 inches in length) on wiry dark brown stems. Stems exude a milky sap when broken.
Star jasmine is also commonly called confederate jasmine. Star jasmine is in a different family (Apocynaceae) than the true jasmines in genus Jasminum (Oleaceae).
How To Make Your Star Jasmine Thrive
This vine is winter hardy in Zones 8 to 10. It will thrive in medium wet, well-drained loams in part shade. In harsher environments it can be grown as a container plant that is overwintered indoors.
For best spring flowering, the plants should be located in a sunny space close to a sturdy support structure; south-facing walls, which retain the sun’s heat, are perfect. It is important to provide good drainage and adequate moisture, especially for young plants. The height or size of the vine or shrub can be controlled by shearing it back after flowering.
General Star Jasmine Information
Pests And Diseases
No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for Japanese beetle.
Propagate jasmine vines in summer after the current season’s growth begins to harden and turn woody. Wait until after the springtime blush of flowers subsides. Gather a 4 to 6 inch long semi-hardwood cutting from the tip of a jasmine vine. Choose one with a pliant, leafy tip and a semi-hardened base.
Great choice for borders, containers, or in your woodland garden.
- Family: Apocynaceae
- Type: Vine
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 8 to 11
- Sun: Partial to full sun, best flower production in full sun
- Boom Time: May to June
- Bloom Description: Creamy White
- Water Needs: Needs regular watering in extreme heat
- Average Size: Twining stems 18 to 20 ft. long
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Flower Attributes: Fragrant, showy flowers
- Special features: Attracts birds, low maintenance
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