What is showy jasmine? Also known as Florida jasmine, showy jasmine (Jasminium floridium) produces shiny, blue-green foliage with masses of sweet-smelling, bright yellow flowers in spring and early summer. Mature stems turn a rich, reddish brown as the season progresses. Here’s how to grow showy jasmine in your garden.
Growing Showy Jasmine
Showy jasmine plants can be trimmed to form a neat shrub or hedge, but they are at their best when left to sprawl across the ground or climb over a wire fence. Use showy jasmine plants to stabilize the soil on a difficult slope, or plant one in a large container where the arching vines will cascade over the rim. Showy jasmine plants reach mature heights of 3 to 4 feet (1 m.) with a spread of 6 to 10 feet (1-3 m.). Showy jasmine plants are suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. This versatile plant is easy to propagate by planting cuttings from a healthy, mature plant. Showy jasmine is adaptable to a variety of conditions, but it performs best in full sunlight and well-drained, acidic soil. Allow 36 to 48 inches (91-120 cm.) between plants.
Showy Jasmine Care
Water showy jasmine plants regularly during the first growing season. Once the plant is established, showy jasmine is drought-tolerant and requires supplemental water only occasionally, especially during hot, dry weather. Feed showy jasmine before new growth appears in spring, using any general-purpose fertilizer. Prune showy jasmine plants after flowering ends in summer.
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