(Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum')
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
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
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.
Watch for scales and sooty mold. No diseases are of major concern.
Scheper, J. (1998). Trachelospermum jasminoides. www.floridata.com
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.
Photos by Alicia Lamborn
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- Ornamental Teaching Gardens: Design, Development and Use
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- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program
- Florida Yards.org