Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Last Updated February 23, 2014
Tags: Fragrant, Pink Flowers, White Flowers, Yellow Flowers
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.
Star Jasmine Trachelospermum Jasminoides
Star Jasmine Trachelospermum is more of a woody vine but can be trained into a number of positions to appear like a bush, shrub or even a small tree. This false Jasmine is also known as Confederate Jasmine. This Star Jasmine is beautiful, tones of 5 pedal star shaped fragrant flowers emerge anytime from mid Spring through Fall. Will grow aggressively with more water but will tolerate low water and does well in full sun. You can propagate via layering, cuttings or seed. This Star Jasmine will take over your garden and even your lawn, grow it in a pot or a contained flower bed. Even though it is commonly called a Star Jasmine, Trachelospermum Jasminoides is not a Jasmine at all. True Jasmine are in the Jasminum family. There are a few popular variations of Star Jasmine Trachelospermum: Trachelospermum Asiaticum “Ogon” (smaller leaves and does not flower), Trachelospermum Asiaticum “Variegatum” (non-flowering multi-colored leaves of green, white and pink), Trachelospermum Asiaticum “Hatsuyuki” (is similar to Variegatum), and your plain Trachelospermum Asiaticum (flowers very rarely with flowers similar to Trachelospermum Jasminoides but with a yellow star in the center of the flower, many times the flowers start out white and fade to a yellow cream color before dropping). All of these are very easy to grow and require almost no maintenance. With some water and even a touch of fertilizer your Star Jasmine should look like the one in the picture no problem. Trachelospermum Jasminoides is the Star Jasmine that I grew up with and is one of my favorites because of the great number of flowers it produces and in the evening with the Summer sun setting it’s heavenly fragrance fills the air and sets the mood for romance, love and creativity.
Star Jasmine Jasminum Polyanthum
Jasminum Polyanthum is often called Star Jasmine in stores because calling it a star Jasmine makes it sell better. Jasminum Polyanthum is a wonderfully sweet fragrant Jasmine from the “True Jasmine” Jasminum family. If you are looking for an easy to grow vine, this pink Star Jasmine would be the way to go. Jasminum Polyanthum will grow hundreds, if not thousands, of pink and white fragrant flowers that you will never forget. They smell the strongest in the afternoon just as the sun sets, encouraging feelings of romance, love and intimacy. Spending time with that special someone in the presence of this Star Jasmine will create memories that will last a lifetime. Every time you smell this plant you will remember the first time you and that special someone went out together. In the Spring it can grow up to 6 inches per day, it’s one of the fastest growing plants in the world and it can grow to 30 feet or more with proper support. This plant is not poisonous so it is safe for pets and children. It is a very aggressive plant so I suggest growing it in a contained garden bed or in a pot. Generous water, good soil and a small amount of fertilizer will allow this plant to grow and bloom to your enjoyment. It’s best to plant in partial shade because Jasminum Polyanthum grows in search of sun light. If placed directly in sun it might not grow as fast.
Star Jasmine, Jasminum Multiflorum (Jasminum Pubescens)
Another true Jasmine, this Star Jasmine typically has 8 long pedals on each flower. It doesn’t bloom as much as other Jasmine but it has a unique fragrance that anyone can enjoy. While it lacks scent to induce any romantic feelings it does bring about a certain thought of a Summer afternoon. The amazing thing about flowers is their ability to invoke thought through smell, Jasminum Multiflorum is certainly no exception. This Star Jasmine is woody at the base and new growth is green and delicate. Star Jasmine Jasminum Multiflorum needs sufficient water and does not seam to mind a little over watering here and there but definitely does not like sitting in water. There is not too much to say other than this Star Jasmine is used in the production of some perfumes and it smells pretty good. The name Jasminum Pubescens is a synonym for Jasminum Multiflorum, they are the same thing.
While there are many different plants that produce star shaped flowers, truly “Star Jasmine” is Trachelospermum. Star Jasmine can add that touch of fragrance to a bucay and make all the difference.