Confederate Jasmine (Star)

Trachelospermum jasmionoides

  • Fragrant flowering vine
  • Will also spread as a ground cover
  • Good on trellis or other support
  • Evergreen / Spring blooms

Confederate Jasmine is not really jasmine at all, but belongs to the Trachelospermum genus. It’s a bit slow to start, but grows vigorously after the first year. Star jasmine has small, glossy green leaves that are evergreen in warm climates. The fragrant white flowers appear in April through June, depending on your climate.

Confederate Jasmine is a versatile plant. It has a twining habit and becomes a strong vine when tied to a support — it can even make an attractive living fence. Grow it on a front porch or allow it to twine up trees. Use it to cover an eyesore, such as an old shed or fence, or let it tumble down walls and terraces. It will not attach to masonry without additional support.

Star jasmine also grows well as a ground cover. Simply pinch it back to control its growth. Treated this way, the plant will remain 12 to 18 inches high. Alternatively, you can grow it as a houseplant or even in hanging outdoor baskets.

Common Names:  Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine, Confederate Jessamine, Chinese Star Jessamine