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The Star jasmine is perhaps the most widely grown ornamental vine throughout the Inland Empire. It is a vigorous evergreen vining plant with glossy dark green foliage. When grown as a vine, its stems can reach 25-30 ft. in length; it can also be clipped and maintained as a ground cover 18-24 in. tall. Leaves are elliptical in shape, have pointed tips and grow 2-3 in. long; large clusters of deeply fragrant and attractive white flowers occur in late spring to early summer.

Star jasmine is best known for its sweet flower fragrance in Southern California gardens. While this fragrance provides a dominant feature, glossy dark green foliage and manageable growth habit helps make it a popular plant in both commercial and residential landscapes. It has proven to be highly adaptable to cold and heat, sun and shade and a variety of soil types. However, it grows best in loamy soils, with regular moisture and protection from hot sun to keep its rich color and prolong its flowering cycle. It can cover large and small spaces as a ground cover, be trained on trellises and can cascade over walls and banks. It is included on the Crape Myrtle Cottage Garden palette for its handsome evergreen foliage character and abundant, scented flowers.

Water Needs

The Star jasmine vine grows best without moisture stress. Regular irrigation is recommended throughout the year. The chart shown below provides a baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water; higher amounts of water in spring will result in stronger flowering performance and better summer foliage character.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Moderate Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 4

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 3x to 4x 2x to 3x 2x to 3x 0x to 3x 0x to 3x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 3" to 4" 2" to 3" 2" to 3" 0" to 3" 0" to 3"

Range of supplemental summer water: 17"-24"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-15"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
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Plant Properties

Plant Type: Ground cover, Vine
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Trailing, Spreading, Robust, Climbing
Growth Rate: Fast
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.
Width: 30 ft.
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: White
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Moderate shade, Heat, Frost, Filtered or indirect sunlight, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Slopes, Screening, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Overhead structures, Mass planting, Grouped, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Espalier, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Banks, Background plant, Fragrant flowers, Small spaces


Prune to space limitations of what the vine is growing on. Covers fences, arbors, or lattices. Prune as needed throughout the year, but be careful not to prune off too many buds before spring blooming period (D). Also sometimes used as a groundcover in shade. To maintain in this situation, prune as needed to keep off of paths and walks and as needed to control height. However, many better and lower water groundcover choices are available for most garden situations (S).



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