Gelsemium Sempervirens, Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 14-03-2012

Gelsemium Sempervirens, also commonly known Carolina Yellow Jasmine, is a viny false Jasmine with wonderfully beautiful and fragrant yellow flowers. Many people call Gelsemium Sempervirens a Yellow Jasmine because of it’s Jasmine shaped and fragrant flowers. Gelsemium Sempervirens is frost tolerant and has lasted outside the entire Winter season here in California, which got down to 28°F this year. As the Spring comes in, Gelsemium Sempervirens blooms are just starting to open. A couple of the vines have stretched out to nearly 10 feet, so I hang them over the fence. Gelsemium Sempervirens can grow pretty big, Gelsemium Sempervirens likes full sun, and will completely grow over and cover any trellis, fence, or climbing structure. Regular pruning is needed to keep Gelsemium Sempervirens looking nice and to prevent it from over growing once it fills in it’s habitat.

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Jasminum Multiflorum, Downy Jasmine, Indian Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 18-05-2011

Jasminum Multiflorum is a true Jasmine with 8 lobed white flowers and is very fragrant! If grown in good conditions the star shaped flowers can sometimes cover the entire plant, leaving very few leaves visible. Jasminum Multiflorum smells pleasant, slightly similar to Jasminum Tortuosum and is strong. Many people incorrectly refer to Jasminum Multiflorum as “Star Jasmine”, when in fact if this were true every Jasmine would be called a “Star Jasmine”.

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Popular Star Jasmine Varieties

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 14-05-2011

The common name “Star Jasmine” typically refers to Trachelospermum Jasminoides, a Jasmine-like plant. But often the term Star Jasmine means any Jasmine-like plant. Here is a list of Jasmine (Jasminum) or Jasmine-like (False Jasmine) plants that are commonly known as Star Jasmine.

 

 

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Jasminum Mesnyi, Japanese Jasmine, Primrose Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 11-05-2011

Jasminum Mesnyi is one of the true Yellow Jasmine. One of the local nurseries has a Jasminum Mesnyi that has been grown into more of a tree with roots grown around a large rock, of all the Jasmine varieties I’ve seen this one has the best Bonsai uses. While most websites report Jasminum Mesnyi as being fragrant, I do not smell even the slightest hint of fragrance…maybe I hit it at the wrong time, after a rain perhaps. New growth is soft but becomes woody after a season. Jasminum Mesnyi with its strong woody base and lack of fragrance is clearly more of an ornamental plant.

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Cestrum Nocturnum, Night Blooming Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 23-04-2011

Cestrum Nocturnum, Night Blooming Jasmine, is a pretty fun plant – one of my favorites! If you are familiar with the Jasminum family one look at the Cestrum Nocturnum and you know it’s not a true Jasmine! (Because it’s Cestrum, duh.) While most Jasmine are vines, even shrubby with a mass of complex branches going every which way, the Night Blooming Jasmine Cestrum Nocturnum is fairly simple and vertical in stature. The flowers open to a small face but are long along the reproductive parts. Cestrum Nocturnum is called a “Jasmine” for a few reasons: Cestrum Nocturnum has fragrant flowers like Jasmine and Cestrum Nocturnum opens it’s blooms at night like Jasmine. Cestrum Nocturnum smells amazing at night when it’s blooms open up. You pretty much can not smell Night Blooming Cestrum Nocturnum during the day at all. As the name “Nocturnum” infers, this plant is nocturnal, rather, it just opens it’s flowers at night. (You can see how using Latin names helps us name plants.) It’s worth noting, some people inappropriately call this plant Jasminum Nocturnum, but it’s not a true Jasmine and it’s not a part of the Jasminum family.

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Jasminum Tortuosum, African Jasmine, Twisted Jasmine

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

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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