Trachelospermum jasminoides is in the family Apocynaceae. This species is one of many cultivated as “Jasmine”, with this one being known as Confederate Jasmine due to its extensive cultivation in the Southern United States. This species grows as a vine with the white flowers emitting a very sweet scent, making it a very attractive ornamental in many gardens. The scent is also extracted from the flowers and used to make perfumes. Follow for more plant facts and photos!


Plant of the Day

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) is an excellent evergreen climber for a sunny, sheltered spot in the milder regions of the UK. It grows best in free draining soils which are neutral to alkaline and of moderate to high fertility. Here the fragrant white flowers were scenting the evening air of a church courtyard and an archway in Florence, Italy.

Jill Raggett


朽葉 (Kuchiba) | #896A45 | “Rotten Leaf”

The color of fallen leaves. Kuchiba has been used as a color name since the Heian period (794-1185), when it was a favorite of the aristocracy. It can refer to several different shades of brown, orange, yellow, and red. “The Tale of Genji” and other ancient texts sometimes mention the “forty-eight colors of rotten leaves”, hinting at the many variations. Examples include 青朽葉 (green rotten leaf), 黄朽葉 (yellow rotten leaf), 赤朽葉 (red rotten leaf), 濃朽葉 (dark rotten leaf), and 淡朽葉 (pale rotten leaf). All of them aside from the green variant were made using different quantities of yellow dye made with kuchinashi (Gardenia jasminoides) and blue dye made with ai (Persicaria tinctoria).

In the Edo period (1603-1868), the word 茶色 (cha-iro) came into use for the color brown, and all of these brownish shades were given names ending in -cha rather than -kuchiba.

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