Jasmine is like an Eastern poem. Touching, adorable and full of seduction -it climbs straight into your heart (and your home).
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Jasmine is an elegant climber with attractive dark green leaves and beautifully scented white star-shaped flowers. The long vines can be trained around an arch, but it’s also fun to allow it some freedom and let it grow over a cupboard or around a window. It smoothly curls around anything, whether it’s a light cord, or a standing lamp. When buying, check that a couple of buds have already opened – that offers the greatest likelihood that Jasmine will flower profusely.
The name is derived from the Persian word ‘yasmin’, which means ‘gift from God’. In the symbolism of flowers Jasmine represents purity, simplicity, modesty and strength. The plant is the national flower of the Philippines and has an international reputation with many nicknames such as Maid of Orleans, Belle of India, and Duce di Toscane. The best-known link is with Damascus, where every house contained a Jasmine plant in more peaceful times. The scent of the flowers are said to be even stronger during a waning moon - how very fairytale-esque! According to research by the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, the scent of Jasmine is very calming and relaxing, which makes Jasmine an ideal plant for the bedroom.
Jasmine originates from the Himalayas and the moderate regions of China. There are around 200 different species, the first of which to be named was Arabian Jasmine, officially Jasminum sambac. The delectable fragrance made the plant incredibly popular with all strata of society. Jasmine came to Europe from Persia (present-day Iran) via trade routes. Both East and West have been fascinated by these blooms for centuries. Jasmine’s buds can sometimes have more scent than the actual flower, and some species mainly flower after sunset and at night.