Jasmine (Motia)

Jasmine (Motia)

Jasmine plant (Motia) is a source of exotic fragrance in warmer climates. It is an important scent noted in perfumes and has herbal properties. The plants may be vines or bushes and some are evergreen.


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Growing Jasmine Flowers

  • Jasmines grow well in moist, well drained, sandy loam to clayey garden soil with moderate level of fertility.
  • Jasmines prefer a full sun to partial shade and a warm site.
  • Jasmine bushes should be planted during June to November.
  • Jasmine plant should be kept at least eight feet apart in order to save the later growth of the plant from jamming together.
  • Adding of leaf molds to the soil makes a better growth of the plant.
  • Mild fertilizer should be applied during spring.
  • Plenty of water should be given during summer.
  • Jasmine plants should be provided with full sunlight up to at least four hours a day.

Facts About Jasmine

  • Jasmine shrubs reach a height of 10-15 feet, growing approximately 12-24 inches per year.
  • Jasmine leaves are either evergreen or deciduous.
  • A Jasmine leaf is arranged opposite in most species. The leaf shape is simple, trifoliate or pinnate with 5-9 leaflets, each up to two and half inches long.
  • The Jasmine stems are slender, trailing, green, glabrous, angled, and almost 4-sided.
  • Most of the Jasmine species bear white flowers, which are about 1 inch in size.
  • The Jasmine oil, which is a very popular fragrant, contains benzyl acetate, terpinol, jasmone, benzyl benzoate, linalool, several alcohols, and other compounds.
  • The variety Jasminium sambac, is a clustered flower of an equally strong scent known in Hawaii as the Pikake.
  • The two types of Jasmine which are used for oil production are the Jasminum grandiflorum and Jasminum officinale.
  • The nectar of the fragrant flowers of Carolina Jasmine motia, Gelsemium sempervirens, is poisonous, although its dried roots are used as a sedative in medicinal preparations.
  • The Jasmine flower oil, extracted from the two species Jasminum Officinale and Grandiflorum, is used in high-grade perfumes and cosmetics, such as creams, oils, soaps, and shampoos.


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