The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Jasminum

Family: Oleaceae.

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Jasminum polyanthum Common name(s): Jasmine, Jessamine
Jasminum Genus of more than 200 species of deciduous and evergreen shrums and climbers from woodland, scrub, and rocky places in tropical and temperate regions, in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Jasmine can be thought of as an evergreen, branching vine that can be trained as a shrub, or as a spreading, vine-like shrub. It usually appears as an open, spreading, weeping mound, 5-10' tall and just as wide. The stems and leaves are covered with a downy pubescence that gives the plant an overall grayish-green appearance. The leaves are ovate and rounded at the base, up to 2" long, and opposite each other on the stem. The white, clustered, star-shaped flowers appear nearly year-round and are not as fragrant as other jasmines. There are several Jasmines which can be grown as house plants - all are climbers which bear flowers in clusters. The compost should never be allowed to dry out.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60 F in winter.Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring. Layer in autumn.

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