How To Grow Star Jasmine (Jasminum Multiflorum) In Your Garden

Jasminum multiflorum is an ornamental shrub cherished for its pristine white, subtly fragrant blooms. it makes a delightful addition to any garden.

Hailing from Southeastern Asia and India, this plant has been embraced by gardeners in tropical climates worldwide.

Jasminum multiflorum plant
Jasminum multiflorum photograph by Scot Nelson; CC.

While its global popularity has led to its naturalization in many of these countries, be aware that it has been designated an invasive species in Puerto Rico and Florida.

Primarily introduced as an indoor or outdoor ornamental shrub, it now holds a prominent presence in many subtropical and tropical countries worldwide.

How to Grow Jasminum Multiflorum

Jasminum multiflorum thrives in areas receiving a mix of partial shade and full sunlight, though it has a marked preference for bright sunlight conditions in cooler Northern locations.

For indoor cultivation, a standard peat-based potting mix is recommended. It's crucial to ensure the pots have effective drainage and that the soil is fortified with a good drainage material.

Star jasmine flower
Star jasmine image by Forest and Kim Starr; CC.

This practice prevents waterlogged roots and wards off root rot, as Jasminum multiflorum doesn't fare well in overly moist conditions.

Jasmine makes a good landscaping plant, outdoor planting of this vining plant calls for loose, loamy soil with efficient drainage and a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0. While the soil should be kept moist, over-saturation should be avoided.

During late autumn and winter, it is permissible to let the soil dry out a bit. Ensuring adequate drainage is crucial to maintaining optimal growth conditions.

Temperature Preferences and Feeding Schedule

Despite their tropical origins, vining jasmines like Jasminum multiflorum have a surprising tolerance for cool temperatures.

If your area experiences very cold winters, consider bringing the plant indoors for the season, and reintroducing it to the garden in spring.

During the growing season, feed the plant with a well-balanced, diluted liquid fertilizer.

While outdoor plants can be left to climb freely, indoor plants require regular pruning to manage their growth.

Pruning and Training

Start pruning aggressively at the onset of summer to promote plant health and to help control growth. Star Jasmine is particularly well-suited to growing on a trellis or arch. This practice not only enhances its aesthetic appeal, but also makes for greater control over its overall size and shape.

Whether you're growing it indoors or outdoors, Jasminum multiflorum brings a blend of visual charm and delicate fragrance to your garden. Its adaptability, combined with its striking appearance, make it a highly sought-after plant in horticultural circles around the globe.

See this post for details on how to grow Star Jasmine.

Quick Jasminum multiflorum Growing and Care Guide

Scientific Name: Jasminum multiflorum

Common Name(s): Star Jasmine, Winter Jasmine, Downy Jasmine

Growing Zone (USA / UK Hardiness): USDA Zones: 8-11 RHS Hardiness Rating: H4 (-10°C to -5°C)

Best Used For / Garden Location: Ideal for trellises, garden walls, Front Yards, and fences. Prefers a sunny to partly shaded location.

Plant Details

Life Cycle / Plant Type: Evergreen shrub or vine

Plant Height: 6-10 feet (1.8-3 meters)

Plant Spread: 3-6 feet (0.9-1.8 meters)

Blooms: Winter to early spring

Flower Details: Small, star-shaped, white flowers

Leaf Foliage: Dark green, glossy, pinnate leaves

Fruit: Small, black berries

Growing Conditions and Location

Best Light Conditions: Full sun to partial shade

Suitable Soil Types: Well-drained, loamy or sandy soil

Sowing / planting: Plant young plants in spring.

Germination time: N/A, propagated from cuttings.

Propagation: By semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or early fall.

Plant Care: Prune after flowering to maintain shape and size. Water moderately.

Growing in pots and containers: Suitable for pots and containers with good drainage.

Growing as a House plant: Can be grown as a houseplant in a bright, sunlit room.

Further Information

Miscellaneous: Attracts bees and butterflies. Resistant to deer. Can be invasive in some tropical areas.

Pests and diseases: Generally pest-free, but watch for scale insects and mealybugs.

Common Cultivars / Varieties: No notable cultivars.

Family: Oleaceae, the Olive family.

Native: Southeast Asia.

References and Further Reading: Gardener's World – Star Jasmine; Singapore National Parks: Jasminum multiflorum 'Variegatum'; Kew Gardens.

Common Questions

Does Star Jasmine make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Star Jasmine is a popular garden plant, beloved for its star-shaped, fragrant flowers. Its vine habit makes it a good choice for trellises or fences.

Is Jasminum Multiflorum a fragrant plant?

Yes, Jasminum Multiflorum is highly fragrant. The sweet aroma of its blossoms is particularly strong in the evenings and early mornings.

What is the perfect location to grow Jasminum Multiflorum?

Jasminum Multiflorum thrives in a location with full sun to part shade and well-drained soil. It can tolerate a variety of soil conditions and is drought-tolerant once established.

Is Jasminum Multiflorum invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Jasminum Multiflorum is considered invasive in Florida, as it can aggressively outcompete native species. If grown in this state, careful management is required.

How do I remove Jasminum Multiflorum from my garden?

To remove Jasminum Multiflorum, cut the plant back to the ground and dig up the root system. Regular monitoring will be required to ensure it does not regrow from any remaining roots.


Jasminum multiflorum is a fragrant climbing vine with white flowers. Plant in well-draining soil in a sunny or partially shaded location. Provide support for the vine to climb and water regularly.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading this guide on how to grow Jasminum Multiflorum. You may also enjoy the following growing guides: How to grow Olives, Bergenia, and Anthemis plants in the garden.