Your Favorite Plants
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©1995 Photos copyright Nari Bhatia
Oh! Those wonderful memories of back home where growing fragrant flowers was something
we took for granted. Even if one could not grow them, flowers could be purchased
commercially and it was enough for decorations, poojas, gajaras, weddings and religious
ceremonies. Even though the name Jasmine could be very confusing, its fragrance is what
people want no matter what color the flowers have.
Almost all of the Jasmine plants bloom freely and have fragrance. To grow these plants
outdoors, you have to be in zone 8 or higher. Jasmines like hot and humid conditions
during the day, and cool temperatures at night. Since frost can kill these plants, with
care one can successfully grow these as house plants. Although common names may differ in
different languages other than mentioned here, fragrance of these flowers remain common in
our memory. The most fragrant flower amongst all Jasmines plants is the variety known as
Jasminum Sambac 'Grand Duke of Tuscany' commonly known as 'Butt Mograw', 'Gundu Mallipoo'
'Motia'. This variety is a very slow grower and the flowers stay open for a long period of
time and do not fall off and dry right on stem.
Jasminum Sambac 'Maid of Orleans' known by its common names 'Mograw', 'Motiya',
'Bela', 'Mallipoo', is the most popular of all the jasmines in the world. It is known for
its sweet scented flowers which are borne in profusion. The flowers drop off within 24
hours and are replaced with more the next day. Jasminum Nitidum known by its common names
'Chamelli', 'Jui' is grown as a climber or bush. With distinct pink buds and glistening
white star shape sweetly fragrant flowers, the ovate leaves are very attractive dark green
get larger with age. Cestrum Nocturnum commonly known as 'Raat Ki Rani' really lives up to
its name. Flowering 2 to 3 times a year as long as the proper conditions are provided. In
the northeast area blooming from August on and producing pale green flowers in clusters.
Opening at night, flowers with its intoxicating fragrance makes its presence known from a
Counting the variations amongst species, there are atleast 20 to 30 different
varieties of jasmine plants like the tiny white fragrant flowers (J. Volubile 'JUI' a
fragrant creeper), Yellow (J. Humile Revolutum fragrant creeper), Pink (J. Stephanense a
creeper but not so fragrant), white with pink buds (J. Officinale Grandiflorum 'PITCHY',
'Jatee', 'Jati-Jai', 'Kund', 'Jaji' very fragrant creeper), with varying degree of
fragrance sweet Yellow bushy (J. Odoratissimum) to fruity White creeper (J. Tortuosum
'SUN-A-JAJI'). With patience and care fragrance is within your reach.
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