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The term "jasmine" is used by home gardeners for a variety of species. However, most do not belong to the Jasmine family. Many so-called jasmine plants are mock orange trees, which differ from real jasmine mainly by their winter hardiness.

The Jasminum grandiflorum inspires with large flowers

When is it real jasmine?

It is not easy for the layman to distinguish between the individual species. A good distinguishing feature is winter hardiness. Real jasmine is not hardy, all other varieties only called jasmine can spend the winter outside.

One clue is the botanical name. If it begins with "Jasminum", it is real jasmine.

What all real and fake jasmine species have in common is that with proper care they are perennial and can become quite old if you rejuvenate them by cutting from time to time.

Small listings of well-known varieties

variety name flower color scent? climbing plant? growth height particularities
Jasminum angulare White sweetish climbing shrub up to 700 centimeters red buds
Jasminum grandiflorum White strongly scented climbing plant up to 80 centimeters is used for perfumes
Jasminum mesnyi Yellow, half filled hardly fragrant creeper up to 500 centimeters conditionally frost hardy
Jasmine officinale White strongly scented climbing plant up to 500 centimeters must be connected
Jasmine sambac White strongly scented strong tendrils up to 300 centimeters does not need a cold phase
Jasmine mum x stephanense soft pink delicate scent ranks very strongly up to 350 centimeters shiny black berries
Jasmine polyanthum White strongly scented ranks strong up to 300 centimeters Use for jasmine oil

Almost all types of jasmine are suitable for the room

Almost all real jasmines are suitable for the care as a houseplant. Most varieties have to be grown on a trellis. Alternatively, plant jasmine in a hanging basket (€11.99) and let the long shoots hang down decoratively.

During the winter season, jasmine must move from the living room to a cooler place. In its dormant phase, the plant should not be warmer than ten degrees, otherwise it will not bloom again.


Jasmine-blooming nightshade (Solanum jasminoides), which belongs to the same family as the gentian shrub and comes from Brazil, is often grown in tubs. It is also a climbing plant that is not hardy, but unlike real jasmine, it blooms almost all year round.

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