Primrose Jasmine Jasminum mesnyi

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
primrose jasmine


The plant commonly known as Primrose Jasmine is a vibrant and attractive perennial. It is characterized by its lush green foliage, which provides a beautiful backdrop to its striking flowers. The leaves are typically compound with a glossy surface, contributing to a full and bushy appearance. The individual leaflets are bright and oval-shaped, adding to the plant's overall lushness. The most distinctive feature of the Primrose Jasmine is its flowers, which are a cheerful yellow color that can brighten any garden. The flowers are usually semi-double and resemble small, cheery pinwheels or stars, with a soft and inviting texture. They tend to be abundant and are often borne in clusters, creating a stunning display that can be quite eye-catching. The blossoms emit a delicate fragrance, which adds a layer of sensory appeal to the already visually attractive plant. Throughout its blooming period, the Primrose Jasmine can be covered in these sunny yellow flowers, providing a long-lasting and delightful show of color. The plant's overall form and structure are rounded and can be slightly sprawling, giving it a relaxed and informal aspect that works well in a variety of garden settings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Primrose Jasmine, Japanese Jasmine, Yellow Jasmine

    • Common names

      Jasminum primulinum, Jasminum primulinum var. mesnyi

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Primrose jasmine is generally considered non-toxic to humans. Ingesting parts of the plant typically does not lead to severe poisoning or symptoms.

    • To pets

      Primrose jasmine is not known for being toxic to pets. However, ingestion of plant material can sometimes cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals, but serious toxicity is unlikely.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      10 feet (3 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Jasminum mesnyi, commonly known as Primrose Jasmine, has vibrant yellow flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Fragrance: The plant emits a subtle, pleasant scent that can add a sensory dimension to outdoor spaces.
    • Habitat for Wildlife: Primrose Jasmine can serve as habitat and provide nectar for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
    • Erosion Control: With its dense growth, Primrose Jasmine can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes.
    • Privacy Screen: It can be used as a natural screen or hedge, offering privacy and reducing noise pollution when planted in rows.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is relatively undemanding, requiring minimal care once established, making it suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Primrose Jasmine is capable of surviving dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping or drought-prone areas.
    • Versatility: It can be grown in a variety of soil types and conditions, making it adaptable to different garden settings.
    • Cultural Significance: In some cultures, jasmine is associated with love and celebrations, making it a popular choice for ornamental planting.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antiseptic: It is believed to have antiseptic properties which may help in preventing the growth of microbes.
    • Anti-inflammatory: There are indications that the plant may have anti-inflammatory effects, useful for swelling and pain relief.
    • Antispasmodic: The plant might be used to alleviate muscle spasms and cramps.
    • Sedative: There is some evidence that Jasmine may act as a sedative, helping to calm nerves and promote relaxation.
    • Antidepressant: Jasmine is sometimes used in aromatherapy and might have mild antidepressant properties by improving mood and reducing stress.
    For reference, please consult the latest scientific literature as this answer does not confirm the efficacy of the plant for the listed medical uses. These reported properties are historical or based on traditional uses, and not necessarily supported by contemporary scientific research. Always seek advice from a medical professional before using any plant for medicinal purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Perfume Industry: The aromatic flowers of Primrose Jasmine are sometimes used to create perfumes and scented oils, providing a sweet and captivating fragrance.
    • Aromatherapy: The scent of Primrose Jasmine flowers can be used in aromatherapy to create a calming and relaxing environment.
    • Ornamental Hedge: Primrose Jasmine can be pruned and maintained as an ornamental hedge in gardens, providing a lush green barrier that blooms with yellow flowers in spring.
    • Floral Displays: The vibrant yellow flowers can be included in floral displays and bouquets, adding a splash of color to table settings and room decorations.
    • Garden Trellis: Primrose Jasmine, being a climbing plant, can be grown on trellises or arbors, offering vertical interest and a fragrant display in garden designs.
    • Natural Dyes: The flowers and leaves may be used in the production of natural dyes to impart color to fabrics or crafts.
    • Groundcover: When allowed to spread, Primrose Jasmine can act as a groundcover, reducing soil erosion and suppressing weed growth.
    • Bonsai: With proper training and pruning, Primrose Jasmine can be cultivated as a bonsai plant, creating miniature landscapes for hobbyists.
    • Cultural Ceremonies: In some cultures, the flowers of Primrose Jasmine may be used in ceremonial garlands or decorations for festivals and weddings.
    • Butterfly Gardens: Primrose Jasmine can be included in butterfly garden designs to attract and support various species of butterflies.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant_name is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant_name is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Primrose jasmine is often associated with love and affection, symbolizing the sweet nature of love with its delicate and fragrant flowers.
    • Femininity: The plant's gentle appearance and soft yellow flowers are commonly seen as a representation of grace and femininity.
    • Beauty: Its aesthetic appeal and pleasant scent signify beauty, both inner and outer, and how it can permeate the surroundings.
    • Sensuality: The fragrance of primrose jasmine is deeply connected with sensuality, suggesting an alluring and inviting presence.
    • Friendliness: With its bright and open flowers, the plant is thought to convey a sense of warmth and friendliness.
    • Modesty: Despite its striking appearance, primrose jasmine can also symbolize modesty, reflecting the humble beauty it represents.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Primrose jasmine should be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. During active growth in the spring and summer, watering might be needed once every 5 to 7 days, with around 1 gallon of water for outdoor plants or 8-16 ounces for smaller, indoor pots. In the cooler fall and winter months, reduce watering to every 10 to 14 days. Ensure that the container has good drainage to prevent root rot. Adjust the frequency depending on weather conditions and soil dryness, always checking the top inch of the soil before watering again.

  • sunLight

    Primrose jasmine thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for this plant is where it can receive at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight each day, with some dappled shade during the hottest part of the afternoon to protect from intense, scorching rays. An east or west-facing location that provides bright, indirect light is also suitable.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Primrose jasmine prefers temperate conditions and thrives in a temperature range between 60°F and 80°F. It can tolerate a minimum temperature of around 20°F, and it's important to protect the plant from frost. An ideal situation is to provide it with warmth during the day and cooler conditions at night, within the tolerable range.

  • scissorsPruning

    Primrose jasmine benefits from pruning to maintain its shape, encourage bushier growth, and remove any dead or diseased branches. The best time for pruning is after the flowering has finished, usually in late spring or early summer. You can prune it once a year, cutting back up to one-third of the older branches to stimulate new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Primrose jasmine thrives in well-drained soil mixed with organic material such as compost and peat moss. A recommended soil mixture would be one-third potting soil, one-third peat, and one-third perlite or sand to ensure good drainage. The ideal soil pH for primrose jasmine is slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Regular checks and amendments may be needed to maintain the optimal soil condition for healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Primrose jasmine should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and provide space for its root system to grow. It is best to repot in the spring just before the onset of the growing season. If the plant shows signs of being root-bound or the soil seems exhausted, it may be necessary to repot more frequently.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Primrose jasmine prefers a moderate to high humidity level. Maintaining a humidity level between 40-50% is ideal as it closely mimics the plant’s natural humid habitat. If indoor air is too dry, using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray with water can help increase surrounding humidity without affecting the watering schedule.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep primrose jasmine in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade/sun; protect from harsh temperatures.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Jasminum mesnyi, commonly known as Primrose Jasmine, begins its life cycle when a seed germinates, typically in spring or summer, under suitable moisture and temperature conditions. The seedling establishes itself with a basic root system and foliage within a few weeks, entering its vegetative growth phase wherein it develops a robust root system, stems, and leaves. Over time, the plant matures and enters the reproductive phase, characterized by the development of fragrant yellow flowers, usually in late winter to spring. These flowers are pollinated through biotic vectors like insects, leading to the production of seeds. After pollination, seeds are formed and dispersed by various mechanisms, including gravity and animal assistance. Upon entering dormancy during cold or dry periods, the plant conserves energy until favorable conditions return, which then stimulates a new cycle of growth, flowering, and seed production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Primrose jasmine, scientifically known as Jasminum mesnyi, is commonly propagated by semi-ripe cuttings taken during late summer. To do this, a healthy, non-flowering stem is chosen and a cutting of around 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long is made. The lower leaves are removed, and the cut end is often treated with rooting hormone to encourage root growth. Then, the cutting is placed in a pot filled with a mixture of peat and perlite or sand, which provides good drainage and aeration. The pot is then kept in a warm, humid environment, out of direct sunlight, to prevent the cutting from drying out, until the roots have developed enough for the cutting to be transplanted into the garden or a larger pot.