Jasmine facts for kids
Jasmine (Jasminum) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the Family Oleaceae, with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions. The majority of species grow as climbers on other plants or on structures. The leaves can be either evergreen or deciduous.
Jasmine flowers are white in most species, but with some species being yellow flowered. They are often strongly and sweetly scented. Flowering is in spring or summer in most species, but in a few species in winters. The common name 'jasmine' is often given to unrelated plants with pale, sweetly-scented flowers and dark green leaves.
Cultivation and uses
Jasmines are widely cultivated for their flowers, to be enjoyed in the garden, as house plants, and for cut flowers. The flowers are worn by women in their hair in southern and southeast Asia.
Jasminum sambac is the National Flower of Indonesia, where it is known as "Melati", and the Philippines, where it is known as the "Sampaguita". In Indonesia (especially the island of Java), it is the most important flower in wedding ceremonies for ethnic Indonesians. Jasminum officinale is the National Flower of Pakistan, where it is known as the "Chambeli".
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