In zone 6, can we grow stephanotis? In summer (from June to September)?
The Gardener’s Answer
Hi, Carol: Stephanotis/Marsdenia floribunda is commonly referred to as Madagascar Jasmine. As the name suggests, this vine is native to Madagascar. It is not a true jasmine but the fragrance of the flowers is similarly intoxicating. For Kentucky gardeners, it is considered a tropical vine and will not survive our winter weather. It can only be grown as a perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 and 11. For those of us gardening in zones 6-7, it can be grown as a houseplant or enjoyed outside during the warmer months and then brought inside to over-winter.