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Flowers 101: Stephanotis

Pronounced stef-an-O-tis, this pretty white bloom is more commonly known as Madagascar jasmine, a name derived from its origin of Madagascar. The trumpet shaped blossoms are traditional flowers for brides because the flower is the symbol for marital happiness. Stephanotis grows on long trailing stems that have dark green, leathery oval shaped leaves. The stems can be trained to climb and weave, and the flowers are waxy and shaped like stars.

The flowers are long lasting, sweetly scented and are considered to be one of the most fragrant flowers. Stephanotis bloom during the spring and summer and need lots of water through summer with a good drainage system so the flowers don't drown. When growing, keep temperatures regulated - drastic changes in temperature can cause the buds to fall. Stephanotis is not easily movable, prefers the sun with little toleration to frost, wet, or cold conditions. Stephanotis lasts about a week in a vase.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
what a gorgeous bouquet
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
Pretty, and it sounds like it smells wonderful! I would love to have a vase of these with other flowers mixed in. Do they sell it here in the states? :?
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
So very pretty. Its like a grown up babys breath.
SU3 SU3 10 years
Wow, they're beautiful - especially in the bouquet. Thanks for the info - didn't know they were traditional flowers for brides!
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
I remember when Jessica Simpson had her wedding and her bouquet was nothing but Stephanois flowers. It was really beautiful!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
I had stephanotis in my wedding bouquet.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
They look fantastic mixed with roses - it really makes them pop out in pictures.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 10 years
Oooh. I like this flower and the arrangement. So simple and chic. Thanks for the info!
figurine figurine 10 years
Fascinating. I wish I knew how to keep flowers alive.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
these are really pretty. a definite wedding flower option!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I love this flower - so springy!
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