20 Interesting FACTS about Jasmine
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Jasmine flowers are a genus of plants we call Jasminum. There are actually well over 200 species of the plant, and they come in a variety of shapes, colours, and sizes. You can find them all over the tropical and subtropical regions of Europe, Asia, and Oceania. But, the highest diversity of jasmine is in southern and southeast Asia.

From teapots to flowerpots, with its beautiful, sweet flowers, and its many beneficial uses, jasmine is definitely a flower worth having in a garden.

Here are 20 amazing facts about JASMINE:

1. Jasmine is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family.

2. Jasmines grow well in moist, well-drained, sandy loam to clayey garden soil with a moderate level of fertility. It prefers full sun to partial shade and a warm site.

3. Jasmine can live 15 to 20 years in the wild.

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4. Jasmine shrubs reach a height of 3 to 4.5 meters (10 to 15 feet). Jasmine vines can reach up to 9 meters (30 feet) in height by attaching to the nearby structures.

5. It can be either deciduous (leaves falling in autumn) or evergreen (green all year round), and can be erect, spreading, or climbing shrubs and vines.

6. Jasmine develops green, smooth stem that is slender and nearly square-shaped on the cross-section.

7. Jasmine’s leaves are borne, opposite or alternate. They can be simple, trifoliate, or pinnate with 5-9 leaflets, each up to 6.5 centimetres (2.5 inches) long.

8. The flowers are typically around 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) in diameter. They are usually white or sometimes yellow in colour, although in rare instances they can be slightly reddish.

9. Flowers are usually gathered in clusters with a minimum of three flowers. Also, they can be solitary on the ends of branchlets in some types of jasmine.

10. Typically, each flower will have about four to nine petals, two locules, and one to four ovules, with two stamens and very short filaments.10. Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring.

11. Jasmine flowers contain both types of reproductive organs. However, stamens and pistil don’t develop at the same time, flowers can’t perform self-pollination. Butterflies and bees are the main pollinators of jasmine.

13. The fruits of jasmines are berries that turn black when ripe.12. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness.

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14. The Jasmine is believed to have originated in the Himalayas in western China.

15. Jasmine is known in India as the “Queen of the Night” because of its intoxicating perfume that is released at night.
16. In China, Jasmine is used as a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty. Jasmine also symbolizes deep affection, happiness and elegance. When used in religious ceremonies jasmine represents purity.

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17. As a cut flower, it fills the home with a relaxing scent perfect for drifting off to sleep. Some gardeners prefer to plant jasmine outside the bedroom window to allow its fragrance to drift in on the night air

18. Jasmine tea is tea scented with aroma from jasmine blossoms to make a scented tea. Typically, jasmine tea has green tea as the tea base; however, white tea and black tea are also used. The resulting flavour of jasmine tea is subtly sweet and highly fragrant. It is the most famous scented tea in China.

19. Several countries and states consider jasmines as a national symbol. They are Hawaii, Indonesia, Pakistan and Philippine. In Thailand, jasmine is the symbol for mother and portrays love and respect.

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