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Date Photo Taken: Feb. 11, 2012
Location: Havana Jct., AL
Posted By: buck


This is a shrub that is growing at my family home here in west central Alabama. It was also growing at my mother’s home (both ante-bellum homes) which leads me to believe that it is possibly an old shrub that is not commonly available. I have searched all the books I have, and I have asked my friends who are into plants.
This plant, a winter bloomer, is currently in bloom (Feb. 11, 2012. The flower is about the size of a half dollar or a little larger. The leaves are in groups of three. It is an evergreen shrub, and is really quite pretty. I cannot detect any fragrance to the flower.
The plant has the habit of rooting whenever a limb comes in contact with the ground. It is not a clinging vine, but more of a mounding shrub.
I would appreciate any help you could provide.


  1. Hagar Apprentice says:

    We had shrub like that at home when I grew up. I think mother called it a Rain bush but I can’t find anything by that name. The plant has green stems and long arching limbs. It blooms about the same time as Forsythia.

    February 23rd, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  2. buck Unregistered says:

    AHA! Here it is: Jasminum mesnyi – Primrose or Japanese Jasmine. It is not listed in newer books; I found it in an older plant encyclopedia.
    Thanks to all for suggestions.

    February 25th, 2012 at 11:18 am

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