Flowers of Madagascar Jasmine - Asclepiadaceae Stephanotis Floribunda.

What You Need to Know About the Madagascar Jasmine – Asclepiadaceae Stephanotis Floribunda

This climbing shrub from Madagascar is best known for its heavily-scented, waxy, white flowers (giving it its common names Madagascar jasmine and wax flower), but it also has wonderful leathery leaves of glossy, dark green. The 1 ¼ in. (3 cm) long flowers are produced in clusters of 10 or more. They are tubular, daring out into five lobes.

The plant needs supporting as it grows, but will look equally attractive in a conservatory, trained against a wall, or indoors on a small trellis, wire wreath form, or over an archway, as long as it is positioned where its fragrance can be fully appreciated.

Size: Spread 10 ft. (3 m) or more.

Light: Indirect sunlight.

Temperature: Normal to warm room.

Moisture: Keep thoroughly moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil drying out.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks from spring to summer.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings.

Special needs: Place in a tray of peb­bles to increase humidity, and mist daily if the temperature rises. Pinch out growing tips regularly to encourage bushy growth.