Confederate Jasmine
(Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum')

Plant Description:

Despite its name, Confederate Jasmine (also known as Star Jasmine for its star-shaped flowers) is not a “true” Jasmine or a native to the American south.  Instead it comes from China, although it makes a nice addition to Florida landscapes.  This evergreen, spreading vine has dark green, glossy leaves and white, fragrant, showy flowers in spring.  It can become aggressive; the selection ‘Variegatum’ has green and white variegated leaves that are often tinged with pink, and is known to be a less vigorous grower than the species.

Mature Size:     Varies; depends on supporting structure

Growth Rate:     Fast

Plant Habit:     Spreading groundcover or climbing vine

Plant Spacing:     18 – 24 inches


Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Green or Green/White Variegation

Flower Color:     White

Bloom Time:     Spring

Attracts Wildlife:     Hummingbirds


Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     7b – 10            

Exposure:     Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Needs:     Moderate 

Soil Tolerances:     Moderately drought tolerant; prefers well-drained to medium-drained soils

Soil pH:  Acidic to Alkaline

Maintenance:  Easy/Low


General Care & Growing Tips:

Use this plant as a groundcover or grow on a supporting structure such as a trellis or arbor.  Trim to shape and control growth.  A few light applications of fertilizer beginning 4 to 6 weeks after planting may be beneficial during the establishment year.  Like most plants, a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic mulch is beneficial to retain soil moisture.


Common Pests:

Watch for scales and sooty mold.  No diseases are of major concern.



Scheper, J. (1998).  Trachelospermum jasminoides.

Wichman, T., Knox, G., Gilman, E., Sandrock, D., Schutzman, B., Alvarez, E., Schoellhorn, R., and Larson, B. (2006). Florida-Friendly Plant List.  Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook.  University of Florida.


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