Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Jasminum odoratissimum L.

Half-hardy evergreen climber with alternate, bluntish, pinnate leaves, with 3 leaflets, and fragrant whitish-yellow flowers.  [Don].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘The flowers of most of the species of Jasmine are odoriferous, trivial names therefore expressive of this quality are ineligible, as wanting character; the present name is peculiarly objectionable, inasmuch as several other species are greatly superior to this point of fragrance: a lesson for Botanists to abstain from trivial names of the superlative degree, such as odoratissimum, foetidissimum, maximum, minimum, etc.  The present species, according to Mr. Aiton, is a native of Madeira, and was cultivated by Mr. Miller, in 1730; it is now a plant common in most greenhouses: it will form a shrub of considerable size, which requires no support.’  [BM t.285/1794].

History at Camden Park

Listed only in the 1843 catalogue.


Published Jan 20, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Last updated Jul 28, 2010 - 02:42 PM

Figured are pinnate leaves and few-flowered terminal raceme of yellow flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.285, 1794.

Jasminum odoratissimum L. | BM t.285/1794 | BHL

Family Oleaceae
Region of origin


Common Name
Name in the Camden Park Record

Jasminum odoratissimum 

Confidence level high