How to Care for Jasmine Shining Star Plants


Jasmine shining star plants (Trachelospermum jasminoides) are evergreen vines desirable for their very fragrant clusters of star-shaped, creamy-white flowers. Commonly called "star jasmine", this plant is not a true jasmine at all, according to information published by Clemson University, but is a member of the Trachelospermum genus. Native to China, this moderately fast growing vine can spread to widths of 20 feet, and averages around 2 feet in height. Care of this hardy plant is simple once it becomes established.

Step 1

Choose a location for your star jasmine plant that is in part shade. The vine does not grow well if exposed to reflected heat, according to information published by the University of Arizona. North or east exposure is best.

Step 2

Amend the soil with organic materials such as peat moss or leaf mold to increase minerals and drainage. Container plants will thrive in a high-quality, nutrient-rich potting soil. Make sure that the soil is well-draining. Containers should have a drainage hole. Star jasmine planted in the garden should not be located where standing water collects.

Step 3

Water enough so that the soil is slightly moist at all times. Shining star jasmine has moderate to high irrigation needs and does not tolerate drought well, according to information published by the University of Arizona.

Step 4

Train the vine to grow on a trellis by gently twisting the newly growing tendrils of the vine onto the support system. This vine has also been known to climb trees.

Step 5

Prune vigorously to control the size of the plant, if desired. Prune in early spring, before the flowers appear. This plant is aggressive and spreads rapidly, according to information published by the University of Florida.

Things You'll Need

  • Peat moss or leaf mold
  • Commercial potting mix (optional)
  • Container with holes (optional)
  • Watering tool
  • Trellis or other support structure (optional)
  • Pruning tools


  • Clemson University: Jasmine
  • University of Florida: Trachelospermum Jasminoides
  • University of Arizona: Trachelospermum Jasminoides

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Map
Keywords: growing jasmine plants, shining star jasmine, Trachelospermum jasminoides care

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.