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Madagascar jasmine - Stephanotis floribunda

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The Stephanotis

The stephanotis genus includes about five species of evergreen climbing plants, originating in Madagascar; S. floribunda is a vigorous, evergreen climber, with thick stems, which become semi-woody over the years; it has oval leaves, 8-10 cm long, dark green, leathery and shiny. In late spring it produces small clusters of white flowers, slightly fleshy, intensely scented, star-shaped; the flowers of stephanotis they are very reminiscent of jasmine flowers, despite being larger and fleshy. For adequate development the plants of stephanotis they need a brace or a trellis to wrap around; in nature these plants reach 4-5 meters in height, in cultivation they generally remain below two meters.


Exposure

To have a good development it is advisable to plant the madagascar jasmine in a partially shaded place, protected from the wind and possibly close to a wall of the house, so as to also guarantee protection from intense cold. Stephanotis can endure short periods of cold, but, in areas with very cold winters, it is advisable to grow them in a temperate greenhouse or place them in a sheltered and warm place to be able to keep them during the colder season. Madagascar jasmine plants are often cultivated as apartment varieties, in this case it is good in winter to keep them at temperatures above 10-12 ° C, even if they can safely bear lower temperatures, for short periods, around 4-5 ° C, without serious or permanent damage. During flowering it is good to remember to avoid sudden changes in temperature, since they can cause total or partial loss of the buds.

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