The Q&A Archives: Jasmines

Question: What a thrill when we moved from Azusa to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and go to our local Stein's Garden Center, only to find Monrovia stock! It was like a taste of home. We used to live around the corner from you there in Azusa. Our question is this: Is the Star Jasmine that sells in Wisconsin the same as the Night Blooming Jasmine we used to enjoy in California? Thanks for your time.
Pete and Dianne Lister

Answer: Wisconsin is quite a distance from California. Glad our plants finally found you in your new residence. Cestrum nocturnum is the night blooming jasmine, but the plant is too tender to grow outdoors all year around in Wisconsin. A much hardier look-alike is Trachelospermum, or star jasmine. It has delightfully fragrant, pinwheel-shaped blooms that mimic those of night blooming jasmine. These flowers open during the day, but the fragrance makes this plant worth growing. It's hardy outdoors and has a vining, climbing habit.

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