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Wax Flower Stephanotis floribunda

Phonetic Spelling
stef-ah-NO-tis flor-ih-BUN-duh
Description

Stephanotis floribunda, or Madagascar Jasmine, is an evergreen woody vine commonly grown as a houseplant. It is a climber that can grow to more than 20 feet with glossy, leathery oval leaves and clusters of pure white, waxy, intensely fragrant tubular flowers.

When grown commercially with sufficient light, water, and climate control, Madagascar Jasmine produces trumpet-shaped blooms year-round that are a popular component of bridal bouquets. It is a vigorous climber that grows best in sunny, tropical conditions, or inside. It can flourish for years, grown indoors on a sunny windowsill. Plants can be moved outside or into a greenhouse during the summer, but must return indoors when the temperature approaches 39 °F. They do best in the 68 to 90 degree range. During the summer growth season, this vine requires full sun, abundant water, high humidity and a balanced fertilizer. The vine will need to be trellised due to the vigorous growth habit. If the temperature in the home is on the cool side, the vines slow in their growth and thus should be watered very infrequently. Kept on the cool, sunny and dry side, the plants will "rest" until the outside temperatures begin to rise again, at which time they may be eased back into full sun.

Stephanotis floribunda appears to do best if root bound. The soil mixture used should have a high content of loam and peat moss with generous drainage material such as perlite or coarse sand. Too much water will lead to root rot.

Disease, Insects, and Other Plant Problems:

Sudden full sun exposure too quickly will result in leaf blister and sun burns on the plant.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stephanotis
    Species:
    floribunda
    Family:
    Asclepiadaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Madagascar
    Wildlife Value:
    Leaves are a favorite with Australian possums.
    Climbing Method:
    Clinging
    Twining
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Ascending
    Climbing
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    High
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Clusters of pure white, waxy, intensely fragrant tubular flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leathery
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green leathery leaves grow in pairs at regular intervals along the vine.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    tough-stemmed, bearing dark green leathery leaves
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Hanging Baskets
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden