Plant of the Month for September 3, 2023 – Stephanotis
By Diana Duff Special to West Hawaii Today | Thursday, August 31, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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A lei of multiple stephanotis flowers is very fragrant and will usually hold up well. (Courtesy photo/floralschool.com
The trumpet-shaped flower of the stephanotis opens into a five-petaled star shape. (Courtesy photo/growplants.org)
Stephanotis also makes a lovely indoor plant when placed in a sunny spot. (Courtesy photo/whiteflowerfarm.com)
The ripe seed of the stephanotis pops open to present numerous small brown seeds each attached to a feathery tail that helps disperse them in the wind. (Courtesy photo/gf.eeb.utoronto.ca)
Stephanotis plants occasionally form a large light green seed pod that takes six months to ripen. (Courtesy photo/nature-and-garden.com)
Stephanotis will climb a fence, a wall or a trellis and make a lovely addition to the garden. (Courtesy photo/hedgehub.com)
The twining stems of the stephanotis vine support dark green leathery leaves as well as the attractive buds and flowers of the plant. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)
The white waxy flowers of the stephanotis are tough and versatile. (Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)
I like to recommend lovely fragrant plants that seem to grow well here in Hawaii whenever I come across them. My stephanotis vine has been thriving and flowering for months now. This plant with tough dark green leaves and clusters of white flowers can climb a fence, trellis or garden wall and waft a sweet fragrance into the air wherever it is placed. When well located, it will produce numerous clusters of fragrant blossoms from early spring into late summer.