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Common White Jasmine

Jasminum officinale

Also known as

Jessamine, Poet's Jasmine, Poet's Jessamine, Summer Jasmine, True Jasmine, Climbing Jasmine

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Common White Jasmine Overview

This large climbing plant is famous for its sweet fragrance that can fill a room or garden with its scent. It is a fast growing plant in warm areas that makes a lovely addition to any garden, as it can be trained to grow against or up a trellis or to fill an arc​hway. It is decidious in areas with temperatures below 20 degrees Celsius, but evergreen in the tropics.

Common problems with Common White Jasmine

Generally, pest and disease free but watch out for pests such as mealybugs, scale, spider mites, ​and whitefly. To rid the plant of these pests, spray with warm soapy water directly to the affected area to blast the pests off the plant, and treat with horticultural oil or neem oil.

How to harvest Common White Jasmine

Harvest long branches with multiple flowers at the tips, allowing the flowers to open when placed in floral arrangements to give you long lasting fragrance and colour.

How to propagate Common White Jasmine


Take 5-10 cm hardwood or softwood cuttings in the growing season (Summer) and place in a good draining soil, keep moist and place in a cold frame. Allow to root for two weeks and transplant.


Layer via simple layering or by serpentine layering.

Special features of Common White Jasmine

Attracts useful insects

Attracts nectar drinking butterflies, bees, and moths.

Hedge plant

Growing jasmine vines can create a perfumed shield over arbors, trellises and fences.

Pot plant

Jasmine makes a lovely potted plant and should be fertilized twice annually. Containers should have good drainage holes.

Other uses of Common White Jasmine

Through trees, wall or trellis Summer/Autumn interest.


The essential oils are used in aromatherapy. Not to be consumed orally.


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