Now I understand why the perfume industry selected the scent of Night Blooming Jasmine as the most sensuous fragrance in the world! I guess that reveals that I am a Northern girl, having never smelled this particular jasmine before.
Flowers have opened- taken at 11 p.m.
We brought home this new-to-us jasmine plant with large, healthy green leaves, a hearty attitude and no tag, appreciating that it grew so quickly and happily. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever bloom. Ha! A few nights ago, we walked back into the house via the deck after we had watered the veggies. I smelled this amazing scent, but couldn't figure out what it was. I finally tracked the scent down to these tiny little flowers on the unknown jasmine. It was a heady experience.
Night Blooming Jasmine, also known as Cestrum Nocturnum, Lady of the Night and Queen of the Night, is native to the West Indies. It technically is not a jasmine member of the Jasminum family, but rather a member of the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. It can be difficult to eradicate and in New Zealand, it is considered a seriously invasive grower.
Flowers have closed up for the day- taken at 8 a.m.
The flowers do not have a scent during the daylight hours and actually close up, as you can see above. For a further explanation on the reasons why the flowers only have a night scent, read here. I happen to love this scent. It is powerful for sure, complex and rich. In small doses.
Do you like the Night Blooming Jasmine?
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