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Jasmine at night - Solanum jasminoides

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Solanum jasminoides is a beautiful evergreen creeper, also known as jasmine at night, native to southern America; it has dark green, shiny and slightly leathery foliage, lanceolate in shape; from April-May to the cold winters it produces small white, star-shaped flowers, gathered in bunches at the tips of the flexible branches. In areas with harsh winters, during the winter it loses almost completely the foliage, which starts to produce again in the early spring heat.

It is a versatile plant, which can reach 2-3 meters in height over time, even if it does not develop very quickly and is therefore also suitable for growing in pots; the fickle stems tend to twist around the supports, therefore to develop it needs a trellis or a railing; if left in a hanging basket or on the edge of the terrace, it becomes a hanging plant, throwing its beautiful flowering into the void.

It is not a difficult growing plant, and it is very versatile, we can grow it in the garden or in a pot on the terrace, even among the geraniums if you want.

Evergreen climbing shrub, native to South America, which reaches 4-5 m in height. It has semi-woody stems, prostrate or climbing plants, which need support to develop better; the leaves are oval or lanceolate, dark green in color, shiny. From April to September it produces numerous white-blue or white-pink flowers, gathered in bunches; the "Album" variety produces pure white flowers. It is advisable to periodically fix the branches to a grate or to wall supports, and to shorten them by about a third before flowering, at the end of winter, to favor a more abundant flower production and to maintain a denser and more compact vegetation. .


Exposure

The jasmine at night plant in a sunny or semi-shady place; these plants fear temperatures below -3 ° C, therefore they should be placed in a place sheltered from frost, or covered with some non-woven fabric in the cold months of the year. In general i solanum jasminoides withstand wind and saltiness without problems, they are therefore suitable for shading pergolas in the warmest regions of Italy.

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