Stephanotis floribunda originates from Malaya to Madagascar. It is sometimes known as Madagascar Jasmine, Floradora or Waxflower,
Its name comes from the Greek word stephanos, meaning “crown,” and otos, for “ear,” referring to the five ear-like petals attached to the stamina crown borne at the bloom’s centre.
The white, star-shaped, tubular flowers are pleasantly scented and waxy in texture. The oval leaves are dark green.
Stephanotis produces a something that looks like a fruit that is similar to a mango, in both size and appearance, but it is not edible. In fact, it’s not a fruit at all; it is a seed pod! The seed pod must stay on the plant until it’s completely dry before the seeds contained within are ready for sowing.
The plant is a hardy vine that prefers moist soil and at least 8 hours of sunlight a day. It will not survive winters under 5°C so check your climate map before you plant this vine outdoors. It also makes a great house plant.
This pure white flower stands for marital harmony and is a favorite in bridal bouquets. You can also adorn your bouquet by inserting sparkling faux diamonds into the center of each flower. Stephanotis do not have stems, and must often be wired or glued. As a cut flower, it has a life expectancy of 6 days.