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Friday, August 20, 2010

Water Jasmine - Wrightia religiosa

It feels like ages when I actually started this plant from seed to this point when I can finally enjoy the flower. I never imagine the moment to see these blooms, masses of pendant, tiny white flowers cascade at the end of each branches.

There are many varieties of this water jasmine, this is the most common & the easiest one to maintain compared to rest - the small & medium leaf ones also the double-layed petaled ones.

Often these are used to make bonsai or you can actually find few of these type sold in the nursery in a bonsai pot. My guess is those must be of the small leaf type and they are slow to grow and rarely produce seedpods.

One of the things I enjoy the most is stripping of the leaves of this plant (now its more like a semi-tree) To see the exposed branches and leaving the cascading branches gives that mystical look in the garden. Finally it had blessed me with flowers (which I had almost given up hope - thinking this must be a sterile type - never producing flowers)

Probably it must be the change of location - where it get a good amount of sunlight compared to the eariler location. I had placed dumbcanes at the background giving this one a very good focus point of depth and colour. (if not, it would be the boring green..green..green)

I might strip off the leaves again, probably after they have finished their flowering.
Do let me know if you have any tips to share concerning this plant.


  1. I have lots of these jasmine plants in my garden too. They sprout like weeds from root runners mostly. They are really robust and can take a lot of abuse (I mean hard pruning. Ants love them to death. Will post some fotos in my blog later.

  2. Those pretty flowers smells really nice! I hope the plant will reward you will many more blooms. I am sure it was ages ago... started this from seed... wow good job James!

  3. You must be so lucky to enjoy the beautiful fragrance of this plant during the weekends. I have seen quite a no. of Wrightia religiosa being used as bonsai at Floria 2010. Pruning shaped the branches so beautifully and some of the plants are are practically overflowing with white fragrance blooms. A sacred plant to Buddhists.

  4. Beautiful wrightia you got there. I know they are sensitive to chemicals. I sprayed insecticides on it and all the leaves fell! But they tend to recover. I suggest you prune yours, so it gets short and bushier instead of taller and skinny.

  5. I grew these before. And they behaved well in pots. It is nice to them flowering, with tiny flowers dangling down sweetly.... Now I want to grow them again! ~bangchik

  6. I know this plant n love the sweet white flowers but why are they called water jasmine, cos I dont see them as an aquatic plant, its more like a favourite bonsai plant.

  7. I've never seen one of these types of Jasmine before - its lovely looking when the lower leaves are taken off and it looks so graceful and elegant in the way that it holds those clusters of blooms. I wonder why it has the name "water" in its name?

  8. Hi James, I love this Wrightia Religiosa. Their blooms exude sweet fragrance in the evening. In the day, these blooms attract honey bees, moths and butterflies. The bees even made a bee hive as many of them came to visit my Wrightia.

    Your Wrigtia requires a good pruning. Keep the main stem. Decide where you want to keep the leaves and flowers growing. You can shape the plants into bonsai easily. Just trim, trim, trim! That's what my neighbour's mom told me to do. I was hesitant but the consequence of the harsh pruning produces a neat an bonsai-looking plant. Regular pruning is done to keep the plant in shape. Your plant has a strong mature stem now. So keep it tall and the side branches should be kept shorter. Let leaves grow at the end of each short branches.

  9. Pretty jasmine. Think I've never seen this before or probably never took notice. But your jasmine makes me wanna smell one.:) My hubby grows the small bonsai type which flowers are so tiny. I can't appreciate those but I do appreciate the bonsai like nature it presents. Good luck in trimming and training yours!

  10. Stiletto - Glad to note that you got this jasmine too, will check your garden shortly.

    Stephanie - A very long wait actually that finally rewarded with blooms.

    Belle - The fragrance is so captivating, almost lulls you to a relax and calm tone.

    Aaron & J.c. - Thanks for the tips on pruning, will do so once they stop blooming.

    Bangchik - Do grow them, you will never regret having them.

    P3Chandran & leavesnbloom - Seriously, I have no idea why they are called water jasmine nor why are they also considered sacred.
    Hoping someone might enlighten me on this.

    Rough Rosa - I like to have one bonsai plant but perhaps its because of its flowers that I'm interested than a stunned tree.

    1. I found my brother-in-law 's wrightia religiosa survived the mega flood in 2011. The name might relate to that, maybe

  11. What a pleasure to see beautiful blooms on the plant that you started from a tiny seed! Congratulations, James!


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