Madagascar Jasmine, Floradora
Native to Madagascar. Twines to 15–30 ft. Waxy, glossy green, oval leaves to 4 in. long. Valued for intense fragrance of its funnel-shaped, 1–2-in.-long, waxy white blossoms. Borne in open clusters, the flowers are a favorite for bridal bouquets and are also used in leis. Blooms in late winter and spring in Hawaii, from late spring through summer in Southern California. Needs warmth. Provide support; train on a trellis or fence or along eaves. Thrives in moderately rich, well-drained soil. Prune lightly in late winter or early spring, cutting back stems to fit the support structure.
Excellent in a large, rounded container with an obelisk in the center to climb; before planting, put the container on a sturdy wheeled pot stand so you can move it easily. Mist regularly.
As a houseplant, it will bloom if given ample light; it is better suited to a greenhouse. Feed liberally; watch for scale and mealybugs. Give indoor plants a rest period by letting them dry out in winter. Can be brought outdoors during warm times of year. May be sold as Marsdenia floribunda.
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