Star Jasmine, Trader's Compass
Our star climber, the Star Jasmine is a twining evergreen which bears glossy green foliage, sometimes tinged purple in cold weather.
Trachelospermum jasminoides produces exquisitely perfumed white flowers which appear for long periods in summer.
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All Trachelospermum are native to South and East Asia. The generic name was created from the Greek words for ‘neck seed’, in reference to the shape of the plants’ seeds. Jasminoides means ‘looks like jasmine,’ as despite its very similar flowers and fragrance this plant is not actually related to the true jasmine species.
It is sometimes called ‘Trader’s Compass’ from an interesting old belief in Uzbekistan that the plant directed traders of good character in the right direction.
Care & Size Guidance
This climber likes well drained soils, and can even grow well in a large trough or pot if watered well in the warmer months. You will need to provide wires or trellis for it to clamber up.