Stephanotis floribunda or ‘Madagascar Jasmine’
With attractive fragrant flowers Stephanotis floribunda is one of those plants that you might move the tropics just to grow. The perfume is that good. If you live in the northern parts of Queensland it is a fairly easy plant, in cooler areas you do need to have just the right position.
Stephanotis floribunda is commonly called the ‘Madagascar Jasmine’. This is a climbing plant originally from Madagascar and Northern Africa. Stephanotis floribunda prefers a tropical climate or a warm position in cooler areas. Stephanotis floribunda is evergreen and is highly perfumed.
Flowers are white and waxy, sought after for floral arrangements and bouquets.
In cooler climates you could try growing these wonderful climbers in containers in a sheltered warm position in a courtyard. This may work from Sydney to the north, further south you will have problems. You will need extra warmth, and it is the winters that tend to make them difficult.
A frost free position is essential and fertiliser applied regularly during active growth is also essential.
Use a climbing frame or trellis around 2m tall with a similar width. Prune back as needed.
In terms of care, a humus rich soil is best, well drained and a sunny position. Protection from frosts. Best grown in Tropical to sub tropical areas.
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