Red Jasmine

A climbing plant with plentiful tubular red flowers, Jasminum beesianum makes the usual mass of tangled growth expected of these plants with loose scandent  growth. Some twisting action around supporting structures from the younger shoots is helping to support the tangled growth. Light green foliage and small tubular red flowers are held in the leaf axils. This is one of George Forrest’s many introductions from western China. The parent plant found growing in an open aspect on stony ground at around 2500m; this was in 1906 during the expedition that was ill fated with the loss of all Forrest’s companions. All descriptions of the plant mention fragrant /scented flowers. Despite bringing a few into the warmth only a faint smell emanated and this was not sweet.

Jasminum beesianum

Jasminum beesianum

Jasminum beesianum

Jasminum beesianum

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  1. I like the look of this red jasmine, I have white jasmine growing in my garden and I would like to grow the red alongside, does it root as easily as the white? And how long is the flowering season?

    • It usually flowers for about a month in early summer and roots easily form cuttings. It is freely available in the trade.

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