What plant is it, and is it edible??
At the background there are leaves of Plumbago auriculata, so don't get confused.
Probably it's something found only as an ornamental cultivar.
- where's the cook?
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Family: Asclepiadaceae, the Milkweed family, but recently Apocynaceae, subfam. Asclepiadoideae).
The Madagascar Jasmine is an evergreen, medium sized, twining shrub, to 3-5 m tall. Thick, glossy and leathery dark green leaves are elliptic and 5-10 cm long.
Waxy white, 3 to 6 star-shaped flowers are developed in cymes. Flowers are 3-6 cm long and highly fragrant.
Stephanotis floribunda is native to Madagascar. Because the flower scent is strongly reminiscent of the Jasmines, plants became cultivated as ornamentals, growing as a controllable vine indoors in pots, or outside as a patio plant, requiring a trellis.
In some regions it is common to use the flowers in wedding corsages or bridal bouquets. Madagascar Jasmine is becoming popular in Malta, covering walls and fences of private gardens (e.g. High Ridge, Madliena). Plants perform well in full sun or partial shade, the soil should be moist during the growing season. Plants should be pruned regularly in early spring to encourage flowering.
In fact if anything possibly due to greater choice of plants today it is used less than it was before, it tends to grow extremely fast and can look ugly if not attended after some years, and many people just chop the old plants completely when it gets to this stage.
I know, I did this, due to restructuring of some building, but still from the remaining 30cm of stem, after quite a few months it rose from the dead.