Also known as
Chinese Star Jasmine, Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine 'Star Of Toscana', Chinese Ivy, Traders Compass, Chinese Star-Jessamine, Confederate-Jessamine
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7 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Star Jasmine Overview
Trachelospermum jasminoides has lots of common names, including Star Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine and Chinese Ivy. It likes a sheltered position in full sun or part shade and well-drained fertile soil. It is a vigorous, versatile, evergreen climber whose long-lasting fragrant clusters of white star-shaped flowers turn to cream as they age. It blooms throughout the summer months, attracting bees and other pollinators. Trachelospermum jasminoides makes an excellent cover for walls and fences, its foliage being evergreen, glossy and dark green - often turning an attractive deep red colour in autumn. For the more adventurous gardener, it can be clipped into many shapes! It can also be grown in a conservatory (but with some shade from the midday sun). Landscapers like to use this species as a ground cover because it rapidly fills large tracts of land in both the hottest sun and under the cool shade of deciduous trees. The highly scented, white flowers are used in the perfume industry and incense. An increasingly popular plant, Star Jasmine has earned an 'RHS Award of Garden Merit. This plant can become very invasive in warmer locations - an alternative ground cover plant may be preferred.
Common problems with Star Jasmine
More susceptible to Mealybugs, Cushion Scale and red spider mite when grown under glass.
Star Jasmine Companion Plants
Can be grown under deciduous trees or as specimen plants on their own. Give them enough space as they will climb into and over other plants.
How to harvest Star Jasmine
When flowers are picked they secrete a sticky milky sap, stand them in water for an hour or two before adding to other flowers in a vase.
How to propagate Star Jasmine
Layering can be done in autumn.
Root semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat during summer.
Special features of Star Jasmine
Attracts useful insects
Plant in well draining potting mix, can be clipped into many shapes.
Leaves turn an attractive deep red shade.
If given a supporting structure, it will cover it quickly making an effective screen.
Red coloured/tinted leaves.
Other uses of Star Jasmine
A valuable perfume oil is extracted from the steam distilled or tinctured flowers and used in high end perfumery. In a dilute form, tinctured flowers are much used in Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai incenses.
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