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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Variegated Pinwheel Jasmine (Tabernaemontana divaricata)


Tabernaemontana divaricata commonly known as Pinwheel flower, Crepe jasmine, East India rosebay and Nero's crown, Moon Beam, Pinwheel Flower, Ceylon Jasmine and few others. However this is a variegated type - the plant and shrub remains short and the blooms appears in miniature form too

The common variety is an evergreen shrub like plant is native to India and surrounding regions are now very much cultivated all around the tropical regions often used as landscape border plant as it can handle well in hard pruning. These tolerate very well in many conditions especially in the tropical climate.

These spotted molted cream mix with green foliage will produce white blooms at the top crown however these flowers are without fragrance. These dwarf varieties are often cultivated for the shrub foliage display rather than the blooms - often these appear sparse and non-showy however it does some add some visual display in the variegated background.


Being a Tropical plant does require good strong indirect bright sunshine, It can tolerate growing in shaded area however it must receive at least few hours of sunshine. It does not do well in heavy shaded area and may not bloom in such conditions. Also the leaves may turn yellow or leaf drop if lacking sunlight. Another factor in the lack of sunlight may cause the plant to become stress and can attract pest to heavily attack on them.

Hence do give a thought if your are not having open garden area as this would not so well as indoor plant - even placing them as a balcony potted plant can be challenging if they do not receive adequate light.


Considering one of the most basic thing about planting material - this one doesn't require anything special - just any balanced potting mix will do. They seem to do fine in a medium or big potted plant - however they will do great if they are planted directly into the garden soil as these will require just that to produce those lovely blooms.

However if limitation occurs where you can only grow in pot - then a good balanced potting mix with rich amount of organic material and equal part of well drained soil which will help from root rot. 

Instance as such as these - they are often planted straight into open garden land where they are not in a pot - hence they appear hardy and able to take the heavy pruning.


It may require a good adequate watering - both morning and evening based on the size of the plant.
You can grow it in a nice medium or large size pot, the plant will behave and grow based on the size of the pot. However I would recommend this to grow freely on ground if you want lushful beautiful constant blooms.


The best I found is from the matured stem cuttings. They may stay dormant for weeks, then sprouts may appear from the nodes.  Sometimes few of the cuttings may not survive - so it is best to have more cuttings planted than just one. 

Propagation can be done but stem cutting, stripping off the bottom leaves and poking it into a deep pot with a rich potting soil. Keep it in shade until you notice a new leaves growth.

Another method is to put the cutting into perlite medium (soaked in water)  Once taken roots, it should be carefully transplanted into a good potting mix..

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