Good and evil: Star Jasmine

We’re moving into summer vegetation here, including the blossoming of star jasmine everywhere: lovely flowers, intoxicatingly sweet fragrance:

From Wikipedia:

Trachelospermum jasminoides is a species of flowering plant in the family Apocynaceae, native to eastern and southeastern Asia (Japan, Korea, southern China and Vietnam). Common names include star jasmine, confederate jessamine, and Chinese star jessamine.

… The fragrant flowers are white, 1–2 cm diameter, with a tube-like corolla opening out into five petal-like lobes.

Trachelospermum jasminoides is commonly grown as an ornamental plant and houseplant. In gardens, public landscapes, and parks it is used as a climbing vine, a groundcover, and a fragrant potted plant on terraces and patios. It will flower in full sun, partial shade, or total shade, and requires well-drained soil [It doesn’t like damp soil, but in California these days, that’s not an issue.]

… It is widely planted in California and also particularly in the Southeastern United States, where its hardiness, confined to USDA Zones 8-10, the area of the former Confederate States of America, gives it the name Confederate jasmine.

It’s all over the place here. In my neighbors’ gardens, along the street, everywhere. Visitors to California are enchanted by its scent.

That’s the good side,

Then, talking with a friend about our recent breathing problems — difficult days sleeping — I looked the plant up and discovered that its pollen is a major allergen. That’s the evil side.

It will bloom throughout the summer.

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