India Carnation

Tabernaemontana divaricata

  • Desired for its ruffled white flowers with pleasing fragrance.
  • It actually prefers partial shade and will flower there.
  • Plant has outstanding ornamental features.
  • Plant grows in part shade/part sun.

India Carnation, a shrub very common in India, generally grows to a height of 6 ft. However, it can also grow into a small tree with a thin, crooked stem. Like many members of the Oleander family, stems exude a milky latex when broken. The large shiny leaves are deep green and are 6 or more inches in length and about 2 inches in width. India Carnation blooms in spring but flowers appear sporadically all year. The waxy blossoms are white five-petaled pinwheels that are borne in small clusters on the stem tips. This plant is a moderate grower for full to part sun, though it actually prefers partial shade and will flower there. Its ultimate height is about 8 feet tall with a 6 foot wide top.

Common Names: Crape Jasmine, Crepe Jasmine ‘Flore Pleno’, Moonbeam, Pinwheel Flower.

Clusters of green berries that turn red in the winter are poisonous if eaten.