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Winter Jasmine (I think)

I bought this plant about 2 years ago at a garden fete type event. I was told it was a winter flowering clematis. It was about a foot tall when I bought it.
It was in the ground for 18 months or so in a south-facing but shaded border. It didn't grow, it didn't die. It just seemed to stay the same. I even joked to the wife that I'd been sold a plastic plant.
I moved it at the beginning of the year into a pot against a west facing wall that gets lots of sun at the end of the day. It has flowered for the first time, but I think it's not a clematis. I think it's a winter jasmine. One stem of the plant has grown to about 3 feet tall, but other than that and 2 flowers, it's really not doing a lot.

1. Is this a winter jasmine?
- If so, I've read they're supposed to be quite aggressive growers so why isn't it?
- And why is it flowering in early October?

2. If it's not a winter jasmine, what is it?

3. Where should I put it - border or pot?


  • Big Bang InflationBig Bang Inflation Posts: 50
    edited October 2018
    Your plant looks exactly the same as the Jasminum nudiflorum (Winter Jasmine) by my back door.

    Mine is not in flower though and is in the ground where, i would suggest, you should plant yours.

    Yours look similar to mine, even down to the occasional purple leaves i can see on your plant.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,162
    There are several yellow Jasmine species but that does look like Jasminum nudiflorum. I'm having trouble getting one established as well. A lot of supposedly rampant plants can be difficult to get started.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,152
    The one I was given for my last garden always struggled and only produced decent flowers one mild autumn and was then blasted by heavy snows in December.  Not a vigorous plant for me and really not very interesting either unless you can get it to cover a large piece of fence or trellis and flower profusely.

    Definitely better in the ground in a sheltered spot than in a pot.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    Ours has never been that good either, I have moved it around several times over the years in a pot because I never found the right spot where it would flower well, and the one year it flowered profusely I forgot it had and stuffed it in a corner out of the way.
    The best I ever saw was an old friends garden, it was growing in a narrow hands span gap by a concrete driveway, and was a mound of yellow every year. they frequently hacked it back as until they stopped driving it was always in the way.
    Probably the poorest of soil with roots under the driveway.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970
    Ours has smaller flowers, and is beginning to flower even though it is not nude, ie still has all its leaves.
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