Herbs & Plants

Jasminium multipartitum

Botanical Name: Jasminium multipartitum
Family: Oleaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales
Genus: Jasminum
Species:J. multipartitum

*Jasminum glaucum var. parviflorum E.Mey.
*Jasminum oleicarpum Baker

Common Names: Wild jasmine, African jasmine, or Imfohlafohlane,Starry Wild jasmine, starry wild jasmine (Eng.); Sterretjies-jasmyn (Afr.); Imfohlafohlane (Zulu)

Habitat: Jasminium multipartitum is native to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and South Africa, Starry Wild Jasmine is naturally found in the woodlands of the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal, as well as inland as far as Johannesburg. It grows on rocky slopes in bushveld or scrub.

asminium multipartitum is a large, scrambling, mostly evergreen plant that makes a fine show in the garden. If encouraged, it will climb up to 3 m, although not very strongly, and is best used as a shrub of up to 1.5 m high. It is medium- to fast-growing. Bright green, rather shiny leaves form an attractive background to the star-shaped, fragrant flowers. Closed flower buds are pink- or red-tinted. The corolla lobes of the large, single flowers are pure white when open, and the corolla tubes are coloured pink/maroon. The relatively large (40 mm across) flowers are borne in profusion from early spring to summer, August to January. They have a delicate perfume during the day that becomes markedly stronger in the evening and at night. The fruit consists of twin berries, although sometimes only one develops. They are shiny green until fully grown and then turn to a shiny, bluish-black colour. There is usually one quite large seed in each berry, and the dark, plum-coloured flesh is very juicy.


Perfect for a conservatory, sun room or ornamental greenhouse, tender Jasminum multipartitum is more of a shrub than a climber, bearing large, star-shaped white blooms in contrast to glossy, dark green leaves. Delicately fragranced, its scent becomes more potent in the evening.
For best results, grow Jasminum multipartitum in well-drained, loam-based compost in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight, which could cause scorching on the leaves. Water regularly in summer and sparingly in winter. Cut back after flowering.

Plant in a prepared hole in a well-drained, shaded part of the garden. It tolerates a variety of soils, but the addition of well rotted organic material will produce superior results. Over-watering can cause the plants to die off. The plant takes well to pruning, either to shape it as desired, or to curb excessive growth. This is best done after flowering. Tip off the growing ends regularly to encourage thick, compact growth

Propagate from semi-hardwood cuttings made in spring and summer when plants are actively growing. Cuttings do best placed under mist with bottom heat and improve if rooting hormone is used. Seed

Edible Uses:
Used traditionally as a love charm and to make a herbal tea, fragrance baths and pot-pourri,.

Meditional Uses:
Jasminium multipartitum is used for liver disease (hepatitis), pain due to liver scarring (cirrhosis), and abdominal pain due to severe diarrhea (dysentery). It is also used to prevent stroke, to cause relaxation (as a sedative), to heighten sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), and in cancer treatment.

Other Uses:
*Attracts bees, butterflies or other insects
*Attracts Birds
*Rock Garden
*Stabilize Banks
*Suitable for coastal gardens
*Suitable for smaller gardens
*Wild Garden

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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