The Confederate Jasmine plant grows prominently in South Carolina. In the central region and areas along the coast, the plant will grow in extravagant vines. In the Piedmont, it is less common due to seasonal differences. If the vine is growing along something stable, like a fence or a tree, it can reach lengths of nearly seven yards! Without an object to support it, the vine can grow along the ground as shrubbery that can get up to two feet in height and five feet in girth, or will become proliferating ground cover. Confederate Jasmine is highly appreciated by both hobby gardeners and professionals.
The Confederate Jasmine boasts gorgeous dark green leaves that shine as they ripen. Its flowers are white and approximately one inch in diameter. Growing in clusters, they emit a very strong, pleasant aroma. The flowers of the Confederate Jasmine plant attract many pollinating insects like bees, which leads to the production of jasmine honey, a product highly sought after in the southern United States, particularly in South Carolina. Jasmine grows at rapid speeds and can aid in filling empty spaces in a garden or encourage the presence of beneficial insects.
Outdoors, the vines of the Confederate Jasmine plant can provide many decorative touches that are easy to employ. It can be planted to grow along fences or decks to add a beautiful accent, or used to fill in bare patches in a yard where the sun may have damaged other plants. The Confederate Jasmine is extremely easy to care for in the right environment, as plenty of sunlight is its primary need. Though it does need water, it will not thrive if its soil is too wet. One option is adding leaf mold to its soil to help strengthen the structure of the plant’s roots.
In order to encourage Confederate Jasmine to ascend fences or trees, you can simply tie its stems to the sturdiest part of the object you want it to grow along. Unfortunately, it cannot climb brick walls on its own, but it can grow along them if it is assisted with support systems. If you’d rather the plant grow as groundcover, simply pinch off the parts of the plant that try to grow upright. To grow extra plants, all you need is trimmings from the original plant’s stems. For outdoor growing, temperatures should ideally be in the mid-50s during dark hours, and in the high 60s to low 70s during the daylight hours. Inside, the Confederate Jasmine must be exposed to the sunlight for an absolute minimum of four hours per day.
Wherever Confederate Jasmine is grown, it creates a lush, green addition to any home or landscape. Because the plant is so easy to care for, it can be an attractive source of shade for years to come. The only things you must be wary of are rabbits, which are drawn to this vine: if they aren’t prevented from eating the plant, they can damage or even kill it.