Madagascar jasmine, Stephanotis floribunda, is a popular houseplant for the greenhouse or conservatory, grown for its glossy leaves and fragrant flowers from spring to autumn.
Stephanotis floribunda ‘Variegata’ is the variegated form, which provides additional interest in the form of cream-edged leaves.
For best results grow in a large container of humus-rich, well-drained compost in a well-lit room but out of direct sunlight – in the greenhouse it’s a good idea to use shade paint on the glass to prevent scorching. Summer temperatures of 21°C are ideal and winter temperatures of 13-15°C should be maintained, however plants will tolerate a low of 10°C.
Stephanotis requires high humidity levels. In warm summers, place container-grown plants on a gravel tray and lightly spray the foliage with water. Feed fortnightly between April and October with a potassium-rich liquid feed such as tomato food. Water sparingly in winter. Little pruning is required.
Stephanotis ‘Variegata’ and wildlife
Stephanotis ‘Variegata’ has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.
Is Stephanotis ‘Variegata’ poisonous?
Stephanotis ‘Variegata’ has no toxic effects reported.