Jasminum Multiflorum, Downy Jasmine, Indian Jasmine

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

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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

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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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Lilac, Syringa

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

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Lilac is a neat plant, it can grow like a bush or a tree, comes in a variety of colors and is fragrant! The most common colors of Lilac are shades varying from purple to blue, though most that I’ve seen are purple. I have also seen red, white and even yellow Lilacs! The varying species of Lilac also tend to have varying levels of fragrance, though they all tend to smell similar there are some subtle differences.

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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

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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

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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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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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