Jasminum Tortuosum, African Jasmine, Twisted Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 22-03-2011

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Jasminum Tortuosum is a true Jasmine species with white flowers from South Africa, a vine that can grow to heights of 25 feet. I’ll be blunt, the fragrance smells like old people! It’s not a bad smell, it just makes me think, “This is what old people smell like”. I guess it’s called “Perfume Jasmine” for a reason – it’s used to scent perfumes that typically older people might wear. I would describe it not as sweet as Jasmine typically is, more of a sharp scent with a lower hint of musk, and directly from the flower it’s actually quite a pleasant change from the super sweet aroma of other Jasmine varieties. I have read that the fragrance goes well with citrus fragrances. I’ll have to try this someday when I get into the science of making my own perfumes.

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Jasminum Humile ‘Revolutum’, Italian Jasmine, Yellow Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 18-03-2011

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This is the most recent variation of Jasmine I purchased, Jasminum Humile ‘Revolutum’. Jasminum Humile ‘Revolutum’ is a beautiful yellow Jasmine, with a sweet warm fragrance. Oil can be extracted from the flowers and is largely imported from India. The scent is often described as “a middle note in perfumery”.

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Jasminum Polyanthum

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Jasminum Polyanthum is among my favorite Jasmine! It is an evergreen twining vine that can reach more than 25ft tall. In areas like San Francisco it can bloom through out the year, Spring and Summer in most other areas. Covered in pink-white flowers that you can smell from a distance, the mouth watering fragrance is very enticing. The flowers are in fact edible! This is one of the easiest plants to maintain with occasional pruning. It may become invasive, it’s best grown in pots or containers.

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Daphne Odora, Winter Daphne

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 15-03-2011

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This plant has one of the most amazing fragrances I’ve ever smelled. The particular variety I have is Daphne Odora Marginata and is also known as Winter Daphne, I assume this is because it does not do well in hot sun but prefers cold weather. My Daphne Odora is in bloom right now and the flowers started opening up the end of February. My neighbor has a different variety of Daphne that has been in bloom for a few months now. The different varieties bloom during different times of the year, for varying lengths of time, and even require different growing conditions.

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Jasminum Sambac Variations

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 07-03-2011

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Jasminum Sambac does not refer to a specific plant, more or less it is a group of closely related plants. I would like to explain some of the key differences in the more common varieties but as of yet the primary differences lay in the flowers and my plants are not flowered yet so I will be updating at a later date to include more of this type of information. Nyctanthes is a botanical name that may refer to any variation of Jasminum Sambac.

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