The Stephanotis: Star Perfume

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Stephanotis (or Madagascar jasmine) was the favorite plant from Marilyn Monroe. Its bloom requires a little attention, but its elegant and incredibly fragrant flowers deserve some effort.

Lucky plant native to Madagascar, from where it was reported in the XIXe century, the stephanotis is traditionally used in bridal bouquets.

If it is not guided on a support, it unfolds in long garlands which, when combined, evoke a nuptial veil or can be used to weave a crown.

Its white flowers, in starry trumpets, have a subtle and warm scent, a mixture of jasmine and lily. A fragrance of the most popular that goes into the composition of many fragrances, such as Anna Sui's Night of Fancy or Lacoste's Love of Pink.

Stephanotis, Beautiful talkative

If the flowers of stephanotis are delicate, its leaves and stems are sturdy. To be disciplined, they must be conducted on a support arch.

But you can also give them the freedom to grow and achieve a spectacular result. Because these miniature lianas have the ability to cling uncomplicated to any medium within their reach: shelf, rod, curtain...

A little whimsical the stephanotis

To make happy your stephanotis, place it near a window, in a ventilated and lighted place, away from the direct sun.

During its flowering, the stephanotis enjoys being well hydrated, but he does not like that water stage in his pot. In addition to regular wateringsspray it with rainwater to create a humid atmosphere.

Stephanotis do not like change very much. Once in place, do not turn the pot anymore: altering his exposure would make his flower buds fall.

The blooming of Madagascar jasmine is not always easy to obtain. For it to take place, it is better to have a period of rest in winter. Keep it during these dark months in a clear and cool room (around 13°), and reduce watering.

L. H.

Read also:

  • Stephanotis cultivation and maintenance tips
  • The different names of jasmine

Visual Credit: OHF

Video: Stephanotis Vine Care.

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