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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Growing Crape Jasmine In My Garden.

Many of these plants can be found growing along the road sides or outside homes in my neighbourhood. 
Some common names of this plant are Pinwheel Flower, Crape Jasmine, East India Rosebay, Nero's Crown, etc. Its scientific name is Tabernaemontana Divaricata. 
 One day I found a small plant about 5 inches growing in my garden. The leaves look very familiar. Out of curiousity, I dug out the small plant and plant it in a flower pot.
I didn't know how the small plant got into my garden. I think it doesn't have any fruits or seeds for the birds to eat and drop the seeds to my garden. Crape Jasmine is a common plant and it is evergreen. It can grow to about 6 feet or more. 
The dark green and glossy leaves are about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide. When a leaf is plucked off, it exudes a while or milky sap. 
The white flowers grow in small clusters.
 The flowers are of single layered petals.
My plants have started to bear seeds.
 This plant grows easily and needs low maintenance.
 The plant is poisonous but also used as traditional medicine. 
Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God,

who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

Do not forget that He led you through the great and

terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions,

where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!

(Deuteronomy 8:14-15, NLT)

58 comments:

  1. Looks a nice white flower and lovely leaves

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. Have a beautiful day!

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  2. Does this flower gives out a very nice smell if they are in full bloom? Looks very familiar. Oh it's poisionous, then I got to be more careful with it.

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    1. Hello Irene, I didn't really notice any trace of nice fragrance from the place. Probably it was towards the end of my garden and only bloomed a few flowers. I will check it out when the next flower blooms. Just be careful with the white milky sap.

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  3. Nice garden. Remamber my native place garden

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    1. Thank you, Beena. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Your flowers are lovely my favourite ones are white

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  5. Nancy, I believe I have seen this plant around my neighborhood too. The flowers are very pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. I used to pick the white flowers and let it twirl in the air.

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  6. Hi Nancy,
    I didn't know the name of this plant is Crape Jasmine. Yes quite common to spot this plant along some road sides. Lovely flowers!

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    1. Thank you, Karen. It is a very common flowering plant.

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  7. You always have the most beautiful plants Nancy! I'm trying to remember where I've seen that. Has not taken care or kill a plant like this before though.

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    1. Thank you, Lei. They are very common, usually planted outside houses along the roadsides.

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  8. It may be poisonous but it's very pretty. I love your garden.

    Have a fabulous day Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fabulous day too!

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  9. How pretty. I can't even keep a plant alive!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie. Have a lovely day!

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  10. Your Grape Jasmine looks very pretty and healthy. Is there a fragrance? You have a incredible variety of exotic plants.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Thank you, Julia. There is no fragrance from the flowers.

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    1. Thank you, Vildana. Have a wonderful day!

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  12. Great photos and good that you have pretty plant that is self seeded. Diane

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Have a beautiful day!

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  13. What a beautiful plant! You are so amazing in growing flowers!

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    1. Thank you, Tanya. Have a beautiful day!

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a wonderful day!

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  15. It is amazing how the plant is poisonous but yet is used as traditional medicine.

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    1. Thanking God for those who knows how to process and use the plants for medicine.

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  16. Oh, that's a cool trivia, i actually dont know that it's poisonous, yet seems like we have that kind here in our backyard! how cool is that right?

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    1. Thank you, Steve. It is poisonous but commonly grown here for the flowers.

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  17. Initially I read 'grape' not crape and my eyes lit up - we've tried growing a few foods unsuccessfully on our balcony and I was hoping to find the magic recipe for success. ;-)

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    1. I too am hoping to grow grapes. I have heard of some success story on growing grapes here in the low land.

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  18. How you know so much about flowers, Nancy? I am amazed. You are like a walking flower dictionary (or encyclopedia!). Haha.

    I love flowers but I would not even know their names

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    1. Hello Rose, actually I was not good with the names. Since I started blogging, I started to learn about their names so I can refer to them using the proper names. I consider myself still a new learner.

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  19. If i wanted to know more about plants that i do not know, must ask you...

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    1. Lol! Sharon, no problem. whatever I know I will share with you.

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  20. It is so pretty! You have a green thumb by the looks of it! Haha I can't grow anything to save my life! This flower looks a lot like the plumeria flower! Very pretty! :)

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  21. Lovely flowers, Nancy! I lost some of my plants after being away for a week. The pots were super dry! :P

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Unless you get someone to water them they will surely dry up, especially in this dry season.

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  22. But it worked out as expected. I really like the arrangement of petals lovely flower. Regards.

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  23. I love your great pictures :)

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  24. I always wondered what jasmine looked like. Now I know. What a pretty flower.

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    1. Thank you, Erika. This is one of the many variety of Jasmine flower.

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  25. This would be the ones used by Indians for prayers right?

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    1. I am not very sure, Stacy. It looks like it and it is also grown by most Indian in front of their houses.

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