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Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans'

Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans'
Arabian jasmine
Rambling across the rock garden
Jasminum sambac 'Maid of Orleans'
Regrowth from the roots in late April after 2021 megafreeze

Common name Arabian jasmine
Family oleaceae
Life cycle vine/shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers white (spring-fall)
Size 6-10'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist, well-drained soil

Evergreen sprawling shrub or vine prized for its fragrant, pristine white flowers, which are used to flavor teas and rice. Individual flowers are about an inch across, and typically borne in clusters of 3-12. Established plants produce blooms as long as the weather stays warm. Leaves along the vining stems are glossy dark green, oval with a pointed tip. In areas where its top growth is not killed back by freezes, it can climb to about 10 feet, but it stays smaller and doesn't bloom until late summer where it must regrow from the roots. Here in Houston, the entire plant sails through most winters without any damage, but severe freezes, such as the February 2021 winter storm, have knocked out the above-ground parts, necessitating regeneration from ground level.
'Maid of Orleans' has a bushy growth habit, and can even be grown on windowsills. In our garden, the base of the plant is at our back fence, mostly shaded by a nearby live oak. For a few years, it grew rather slowly, probably for lack of light. It doesn't do well climbing a fence (even with some support added), but over the past year has sent out ramblers across the top of the adjacent rock garden, which gets much more sun. So it seems happier, and I'm happy too, to see its flowers (although they're too far from my nose for me to smell them).

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: right fence border

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