Wednesday, May 12, 2010

'Grand Duke of Tuscany' Jasminum sambac

This is my favorite jasmine. I don't even remember where I got this. I just realized in the past few weeks how easily this roots, so I am thrilled to be adding more of this around in our gardens and the screened room.

I just did a Google search for some info to share here and TopTropicals says this:

Jasminum sambac is an evergreen shrub, that often reaches 5 ft in height in pots. Called "pikake" in Hawaii, Jasminum Sambac is the plant used to flavor the jasmine tea and making perfumes.

"Grand Duke of Tuscany " ('Butt Mograw', 'Rose Jasmine') Origin: Iran. A slow growing Jasmine but grandest of them all, with the largest flowers. Up to 1.5" double flowers look like miniature roses. This tall growing shrub has Gardenia type flowers. The older plants seem to be more fascinating in providing flowers of different shapes and sizes on the same plant at the same time. A flower stays for a long time (few days) and doesn't drop off and in most cases will dry right on the plant. Same sweet fragrance of Maid of Orleans but stronger. This bushy compact plant needs a little more special attention than other Jasmines. Flower is used for tea and religious ceremonies. Requires frequent pruning for denser shape, otherwise becomes leggy. Everbloomer.

Strongly fragrant, very double, 1.5", white blooms are borne continuously. Deep green glossy foliage on twining vine or scrambling shrub to 8'.

Here are pictures I took this afternoon of these wonderful blooms. They go from tight buds of green to creamy white fat blossoms.

Zone 10 ~ s.e. FL


Tufa Girl said...

Lovely. Must get smell-a-vision.

sweet bay said...

What a beauty! I hadn't heard of this jasmine before.

FlowerLady said...

I wish you both could smell this, it is wonderful. I recently pruned mine as it was rather leggy, and stuck the cuttings into pots and they are in bloom also. Hurray!


Frances Druckerman said...

Re: Jasmine "Grand Duke of Tuscany"
How are these plants propagated? Is it with cuttings? Would you please give instructions. Thank you.

FlowerLady said...

Good morning Frances ~ I just cut off some stems, and stuck them into pots of soil and kept watered. Several have flowered already, and I'm thrilled. Hope this helps.


Anonymous said...

What lovely grand Duke Jasmine! Do you sell any of your cuttings? Lol. I would love to have one! At the moment I am growing 3 Maid Of Orleans Jasmine, and I love them!