STAR JAS­MINE ( TRACHELOSPERMUM JASMINOIDES)

South African Garden and Home - - Fragrant Climbers -

Although com­monly called star jas­mine, this re­mark­able ev­er­green climber with shiny dark green leaves is not a real jas­mine. It’s drought tol­er­ant and dis­ease re­sis­tant. Prune it hard and it will bounce back. New hy­brids in­clude plants with var­ie­gated leaves tinged with yel­low, white or pink.

Flow­er­ing time: Late spring. The first flush lasts al­most un­til the end of sum­mer. It flow­ers again in au­tumn.

Po­si­tion: Full sun and par­tial shade. Plants also grow in full shade, but won’t flower as pro­lif­i­cally. Train up a large trel­lis against a wall, over an arch­way or per­gola.

Plant: Plant any time of the year. Pre­pare the soil with com­post for good drainage and feed in win­ter with or­ganic pel­lets.

Size: Branches can grow up to 3–5m long or more if left un­pruned. The leaves and flow­ers are heavy and must be well sup­ported to pre­vent tear­ing. For a neat ef­fect, prune flat against a wall in mid­sum­mer after flow­er­ing.

Wa­ter needs: Wa­ter once or twice a week.

Frost tol­er­ance: It can take some frost. Top leaves might burn in se­vere frost, but the plant will pro­duce new shoots.

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