Jasmine flowers in our garden

The flower is as beautiful and elegant as the name. Pure white jasmine flowers with mindblowing fragrance are a favourite of many people. A few yellow varities are also available. The buds are more fragrant than the flowers.

These are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and Africa. It is believed to have originated in the Himalayas in western China. It is the national flower of Indonesia & Philippines . The leaves may be deciduous or evergreen. Oil is extracted from the buds, flowers which also is equally fragrant and is believed to be good for hair. It is also used in creams, soaps and shampoos.

It is intertwined into bridal flowers at weddings, and woven into garlands for important guests at diplomatic functions. It is considered quite sacred. Women in Southern India adorn their hair with garlands made out of these flowers (or sometimes together with firecracker flowers

There is also a false jasmineflower belonging to genus Gelsemium commonly called yellow jessamine or jasmine, Carolina jasmine or jessamine, evening trumpetflower. But the nectar of this flower is quite poisonous.

Jasmine is known in India as the "Queen of the Night" because of it's intoxicating perfume that is released at night. In China ,Jasmine is used a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty. Jasmine also symbolize deep affection, happiness and elegance. This is why it is used in wedding toss.

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