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Jasminum


This is a genus of Oleaceae containing several hardy species, chiefly from China, Japan, and the Himalayas. All like rich, loamy soil, and several scandent habited species are very useful for walls, pillars, or pergolas. Cuttings root easily if placed indoors in July.

The two most useful species are Jasminum nudiflorum, introduced from China and Japan in 1844; and Jasminum officinale, the White Jessamine, introduced from Persia and north-western India in 1596. The former is a very ornamental climber which bears golden blossoms freely from December to March. The latter blossoms in summer.

A new species from Yunnan, called Jasminum primulinum, is in commerce. It has yellow flowers 2 inches across.