Jasminum glaucum Vahl.

Don relates Jasminum ligustrifolium Lam. to Jasminum glaucum Vahl., a climbing shrub from South Africa with lance-shaped leaves and a three-flowered inflorescence.  This plant may be the Jasminum glaucum of Solander and Aiton described in the Hortus Kewensis of 1789.

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘All old inhabitant of our gardens, but now neglected for newer favourites.  Nevertheless this Jasmine is sweet, pretty, easy to cultivate, and not growing more than five or six feet high, its slender branches are particularly well adapted to be wreathed round one of those moveable trellises which gardeners now employ with so much advantage for their tender climbers.

It is a native of the Cape of Good Hope, according to Thunberg as high as a man in Lange Kloof, by the great stream called Zonder End, and in the neighbourhood of Brederivier.

It is a hardy greenliouse plant, flowering all the summer long.  The drawing was made in the garden of the Society of Apothecaries at Chelsea.’  [BR f.2013/1847].

Introduced to Britain in 1774.  [JD].

History at Camden Park

Jasminum ligustrifolium was listed only in the 1857 catalogue [T.597/1857].  Given William Macarthur’s familiarity with Don this identification of Jasminum ligustrifolium is perhaps the most likely.  See also Jasminum rigidum Zenk.


Published Jan 20, 2010 - 11:25 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 02:39 PM

Figured are lance-shaped leaves and axillary panicles of white flowers.  Botanical Register f.2013, 1847.

Jasminum glaucum Vahl. | BR f.2013/1847 | BHL

More details about Jasminum glaucum Vahl.
Family Oleaceae
Region of origin

South Africa


Jasminum ligustrifolium Lam.

Common Name

Privet leaved jasmine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Jasminum ligustrifolium

Confidence level medium