Monday, February 06, 2012

Crepe Jasmine

Crepe Jasmine
Tabernaemontana divaricata
(tab-er-nay-MON-tah-nuh) (dy-vair-ih-KAY-tuh)
Synonym: Tabernaemontana coronaria, Crape Jasmine

This was the last plant I saw at the Botanical Gardens in Orlando. I had no idea it was a Jasmine. Now I am wishing I had smelled the flowers but there was no detectable odor from them. After a long walk through the big Camellia collection the Pinwheel flower as at the end. It grows more as a shrub than most Jasmines and had a neat rounded appearance. It is considered a nocturnal bloomer so maybe that is when the fragrance really comes out.

In Zone 10 it can bloom year round and actually grow into a little tree. The plants do have the ability to bounce back after bouts with freezing temperatures.

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