Photo Friday - Stephanotis
One of my all time favorite summer bloomers is the Stephanotis. The flower is commonly referred to as the wedding flower. It's long stems have numerous clusters and is very showy. It is highly fragrant and the flower itself is thick and wax like. It blooms in clusters ranging from 5 to 7 flower brackets and its foilage is dark and dense. I raise mine in a pedestal planter with a climbing lattice as it likes to throw out numerous shoots that will wrap around just about anything it comes in contact with. This is a relative of the Star Jasmine but its fragrance is far more sophisticated. If you like Gardenias, you will love this flower. It is as fragrant as the Gardenia and it scents the air all around it.
3 years ago this summer, I was successful in starting 15 new plants from one of the seed pods of this plant. It takes 3 years for the new plants to form their woody stems and from then on it blooms starting in June and lasting well into Fall. I have promised most of the new plants to clients and neighbors awaiting the offspring from this luscious plant.