A woody evergreen climber. Native to Madagascar, Stephanotis floribunda thrives in cultivation. Dr. Hillabrand imported the first specimen to Hawai’i in the 1870s. To date, no plants have escaped cultivation.
The almost pure white corolla and waxy feel makes a stunning wedding bouquet. It is also great for lei making, both in the kui and lei poepoe style, but not often used.
Structural support is needed, rock walls, fences, and trees are suitable supports for this evergreen vine. Easy to train, many shapes such as circles or hearts can be achieved through active trellising. Flowers are most abundant during the long days of summer but can be found in smaller numbers year-round. The constant presence of flowers ensures the intoxicating scent will always be present in some quantities.
It is suitable for xeriscaping but does best when regular water and fertilizer are provided. Offspring can be grown from seed or cuttings. Roots are easily harmed when plants are separated; it is best to start each plant in an individual pot.
- Cut flower
- Indoor plant
- Lei flower
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers