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Tabernaemontana divaricata
Tabernaemontana divaricata

Bottom photo: Florida-Gardenia, Tabernaemontana divaricata ‘Flore Pleno’

Pinwheel Flower, Pinwheel-Jasmine, Florida-Gardenia

Tabernaemontana divaricata R. Br. ex Roem. & Schult.

TAB-er-knee-mon-TAN-ah  die-vair-ah-CATE-ah

Apocynaceae

 

Explanation of name: Generic name for Jakob Theodor von Bergzebern, who latinized his name to Tabernaemontanus (DEH). Divaricate branching is forked.

 

Synonym (or misapplied name): Tabernaemontana coronaria Willd.

 

Natural range: India

 

Recognition: Shrubs with opposite, more or less elliptic leaves, milky sap, and white salverform flowers having the petals twisted. The so-called Florida-Gardenia is the double-flowered cultivar ‘Flore Pleno’. ‘Silver Ice’ is a silvery-leaved cultivar.


Landscape uses: An attractive shrub with deep green foliage, white flowers through much of the year, and an open branching pattern. Useful in sun and tolerant of shade. Protected sites with filtered sun are best.


Other: This species is under active research for a drug it contains, conolidine, with potential as a potent pain reliever

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical Dimensions

Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Tabernaemontana

divaricata

Pinwheel-Jasmine

Exotic

Shrub

Much of the year in warm months (PBCC)

To 10’

6’

FS-PS(SH)

WI

(PBCC)

Not ST

Scale

Mites

Nematodes

Sooty Mold

(DEH)

 

 

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