(Confederate Jasmine)Despite the tongue twister of a name (Trachelospermum means "rough seed") this genus of 15 or so species of woody vines is a great perennial for the southern garden. Trachelospermum is a close cousin to amsonia, mandevilla, vinca, and oleander. You can see the family resemblance in the pinwheel-like white or yellow, butterfly-attracting flowers which have a fused tube of petals that splits and flares out into wide-spreading lobes.
Trachelospermum is a woody vine that leans against trees and fences or uses holdfasts in order to climb. It will scramble up to 40' in the right conditions but most stay in the 15' range.
Some species of trachelospermum (including the popular southern vine T. jasminoides) have powerfully fragrant flowers and can fill the air with a fruity, perfume scent in late spring and summer. This scent is why people call Trachelospermum jasminoides Star Jasmine or Confederate jasmine, even though it is not related to true jasmine (genus Jasminum).
Trachelospermum is perfect for growing along a fence, up a tree, over an old stump, or on a wall. Very large specimens will be heavy, so be sure your fence or trellis is sturdy
Trachelospermum is not fussy about soil, but prefers well-drained situations as well as full to part sun. It is drought-tolerant once established, which may take 2-3 years. When you're ready to buy trachelospermum for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online trachelospermum for sale.