Jasminum grandiflorum L.

Catalonian Jasmine, Royal Jasmine, Spanish Jasmine

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Jasminum

Category: Vine - Deciduous

Zones: Warm temperate and subtropical - hardy to 15-20F

Size: To 15' tall

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fragrant white flowers in summer. Square stems.

From Bot. Reg. A species the nearest of any to the common Jasmine (JASMINUM offcinale;) but differs from that in having air upright subarboreous stem, with divergent woody branches which do not require to be supported, and never acquire any thing near the length these do in the other, the entire plant seldom exceeding four feet; in having horizontal, not upright buds, leaves of a brighter green... in having a larger, more substantial, and more exquisitely fragrant bloom, generally suffused-with crimson on the outside.


Published in Sp. Pl., ed. 2 1: 9 in 1762.

Native to Africa and Asia.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 2: 91 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. A native of the East Indies; and if not aboriginal, certainly naturalized in the island of Tobago, where the woods, according to Miller who received it from thence, are filled with this shrub. In Surinam, we are told by the ingenious M. Sybilla Merian, it is spread over the country like a native bush, and is frequented by peculiar reptiles. But still it is not generally considered by naturalists as indigenous in any part of the West Indies or the South American continent.

From being cultivated in Catalonia, especially in the neighbourhood of Barcelona, to a greater extent than in any other part of Europe, it has acquired the english specific name by which it is known among us. It occurs likewise in almost every garden in Valentia, Murcia, and Andalusia, where, as in Catalonia, it is completely domesticated, thrives in the open ground the year through, and is hardly ever without bloom. In Portugal it goes by the name of the Italian Jasmine... The date of its introduction into Europe appears to have escaped the records of botanical chronology. It was already known in England in 1629.


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