A true groundcover, Jasmine minima blankets Florida yards and gardens with a spreading carpet of bright green leaves.
Jasmine minima is also known as Asiatic jasmine. It is not a grass, but rather a woody plant that makes an excellent low maintenance substitute for traditional turf. Jasmine minima grows in a vine-like pattern, extending runners that spread and mature into a dense tufted groundcover within two years. The small leaves are dark green, glossy and deeply veined in lighter green. The fragrant yellow flowers are unusual in Florida.
Jasmine minima grows quickly in full sun, partial sun or partial shade. It’s not picky about soil type but will grow more quickly in enriched or fertilized soils. Somewhat drought tolerant once established, Jasmine minima prefers regular watering. Jasmine minima builds new growth over older stems. Regular mowing, shearing or trimming is recommended to preserve the best appearance and prevent unwanted spread. Jasmine minima has been known to climb trees or structures when left untended for long periods of time.
Jasmine minima won’t tolerate being trampled by children or pets and is best used in low-traffic areas beneath trees or in borders with brickwork or other barriers to contain its growth. It can be used on slopes to control erosion. In formal gardens, Jasmine minima can be cultivated as a low hedge to attractively frame flowerbeds or walkways.