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Last Update 06/03/08
Plant of the Month

 Stephanotis floribunda

 Stephanotis, Wedding Flower, Madagascar jasmine, Floradora, Bridal Wreath

Stephanotis is an extremely popular flower often used in fashioning the bride's bouquet. It is an easy to grow fragrant vine in the milkweed family and does best growing in a sunny spot. Stephanotis flowers are waxy, tubular, usually white and grown for their strong, elegant perfume. 

Stephanotis flowers are waxy, tubular, and usually white. Click Image to Enlarge
Stephanotis flowers are waxy, tubular, and usually white. Click Image to Enlarge

 

Stephanotis is a woody climbing vine. Click Image to Enlarge
Stephanotis is a woody climbing vine.
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Stephanotis flower perfume is heavenly. Click Image to Enlarge
Stephanotis flower perfume is heavenly.
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Stephanotis has Greek origin, made up of two words; stephonos meaning crown and otos which is ear. Click Image to Enlarge
Stephanotis has Greek origin, made up of two words; stephonos meaning crown and otos which is ear
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Stephanotis is one of the most popular flowers for wedding bouquets. Click Image to Enlarge
Stephanotis is one of the most popular flowers
for wedding bouquets.
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Common Name:  Stephanotis, Wedding Flower, Madagascar jasmine, Floradora, Bridal Wreath

Botanical Name:  Stephanotis floribunda

Family:  Asclepiadaceae

Plant Type:  Evergreen vine

Origin: Africa, Madagascar, Asia

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  10' or more

Rate of Growth: Vigorous climber

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Soil Requirements:  Well drained, moist, fertile humus

Water Requirements: Water freely, less water in winter

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun with some midday shade

Form:  Sparsely branched twining climber

Leaves:  Broadly elliptic, thick, glossy, mid- to deep-green to 4" or more long

Flowers:  Cymes of 3-6 classically fragrant tubular white flowers 1.5 to 2.5" long, blooms Spring through Autumn

Fruits: Inedible Berries

Pests:  Scale insects, mealybugs, and virus diseases

Uses:  Vine -- show piece, provides cut flowers lasting 3-5 days. Stephanotis should be grown on a strong trellis

Bad Habits: 

Cost:  $$ -- reasonable

Propagation:   semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer

Source: AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY A-Z ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GARDEN PLANTS

 
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