Passiflora, Passionflower

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 26-02-2014

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There are hundreds of variety of Passiflora, commonly known as Passionflower.  Passionflower is native to America and may also be known as Maypop or Apricot Vine. Most varieties are vines such as Passiflora Incarnata but Passiflora varieties may also come as shrubs or even trees. Many, but not all Passiflora, have edible fruit and medicinal uses. Passiflora has been around for a very long time cultivated by Native American Indians even before the 1400’s. Archaeologists have found Passiflora seeds that were thousands of years old at some sites. The flowers are very showy and elegant, providing a tropical feel to any garden with a multitude of colors. Passiflora is certainly one of the most amazing plants for creative gardeners to have.

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Gelsemium Sempervirens, Carolina Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

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

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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 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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Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Trachelospermum Asiaticum, Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine

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Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 31-01-2011

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Your common “Star Jasmine” might actually be the Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Jasmine” plant or Trachelospermum Asiaticum. The core differences between these two variants are that T. Jasminoides has larger leaves and flowers more than the T. Asiaticum. The T. Asiaticum variety also has a yellow color around the hole in the center of the star shaped flower.

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