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Products > Jasminum tortuosum
Jasminum tortuosum - Twisted Jasmine
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Oleaceae (Olives)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Jasminum tortuosum (Twisted Jasmine) - This South African evergreen vine can scramble to 25 feet with groups of three dark green glossy linear leaflets on strongly angular branches off the main stem. The summer-blooming, 1 inch wide star shaped white flowers appear in clusters at the ends of the branches and have a delightful citrus fragrance that is much more delicate than some of the heavy fragrances of the other Jasmines. It does best in sun with regular watering and is hardy to about 25 degrees F. A beautifully fragrant vine for outdoor cultivation in near frost free southern California and can also be grown as an indoor flowering plant. This plant is found in the wild twining high into the trees or scrambling along the ground in forests in the southwest of Cape Province in South Africa. The genus name is a Latinized word that Carl Linnaeus made from the Persian 'yasameen' which means a "gift from God" and the specific epithet is from Latin, describing something that is winding or very twisted. It is also commonly called African Jasmine and Perfume Jasmine.  The information displayed on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations that we have made of it growing in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how it has performed in our crops out in the nursery field. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others as well, and welcome hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they have knowledge of cultural information we do not mention that would aid others in growing Jasminum tortuosum.