Star Jasmine: When You Think Of Fragrance In The Garden

Star Jasmine: When You Think Of Fragrance In The Garden

Star Jasmine

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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.

Garden Uses

Great choice for borders, containers, or in your woodland garden.

Quick Facts

  • 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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  1. We have your Star Jasmine on our pergola, when rushing to the top of the garden, I am suddenly stopped in my tracks by the fantastic perfume at this time of year. It has to compete with the mock orange blossom at the other side of the garden, it just depends which way the wind is blowing!
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    • I am really fortunate that as the mock orange finishes blooming in my garden the star jasmine begins. Both are close to the porch so if you sit on the swing the evening air at this time of the summer is truly amazing.

  2. I love these flowers.
    As always, thank you for the information, Charlie!

    • I have an arbor at the corner of my garage that has a five year old star jasmine; it has just come to full bloom. The scent wafts across the front of the house to the porch that has a swing on it, the evening air when you sit in that swing is absolutely amazing.

  3. This is one of my all time favorite vines. Down here in the Deep South we claim it for our own and call it Confederate Jasmine. Mine grows on an arch by the patio, and I agree that the fragrance is wonderful.
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    • My understanding is that when it was first introduced into the US it was the South. Happily it is now quite widespread. I have it on an arbor next to garage which is close enough to smell when you sit on the porch swing; it is heavenly.

  4. Oh, I can almost smell that sweet fragrance! Star jasmine is an annual here in CT and it’s usually found as small shrubs or standards. I do wish it was hardy here, I’d love to have a vine clambering around in my garden.
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  5. A very handsome plant!
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    • Thank you for stopping and sharing your thoughts. I read your last post on summer and really enjoyed what you had to say and the pictures were great…I really miss fireflies here on the west coast home.

  6. compostingwords says:

    How lovely! This doesn’t grow in my zone 4/zone 5 area.

    • No if you are practicing right plant in the right place it would not advise trying this in your Zone. As our weather continues to become more varied I am looking for plants for my even own garden with the ability to thrive in a much broader range.

  7. Does anyone know where can I buy this Jasmine in Seattle?

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