Name: Scientific name Trachelospermum jasminoides. Common name Tricolour
Trachelospermum jasminoides Tricolour is a variegated form of the usual star jasmine with beautifully coloured leaves of deep green, cream and pink. These rounded, glossy leaves are usually a white or soft pink colour when they first emerge and then with aging change to a green with a pink and white mottled variegation.
The plant can be used in a variety of circumstances, such as groundcover, climber, in a hanging basket, pots, cascading plant for embankments, house plants and as a border in rockeries and gardens. This plant does produce a white perfumed flower every so often.
This plant can grow to 2m in height and 2.5m in width when planted in a garden bed as a ground cover. If grown in a pot it can grow to approximately 60cm in height and 50cm in width, but it can be pruned back to suit your pot size. This climbing plant can be trained to grow up to 6m in height.
This plant will grow well in full sun or part shade and loves been planted in gardens that are facing in a northerly aspect. Make sure that it is planted in well drained soil as too much moisture can cause the plant to get foot rot.
It is an easy care plant, with few pests and diseases, and is drought tolerant once established. If grown inside in a pot it is a good idea to put it outside in the sun for a day or two. This will help generate growth.
Care does need to be taken when cutting back this plant as the milky sap can cause skin irritation. Also this plant is poisonous if ingested.
Propagation is from cuttings, and rooted offshoots.
When to plant:
The Trachelospermum jasminoides Tricolour can be planted at anytime of the year.