Sampaguita

sampaguitaIt was said that a Chinese emperor of the Sung dynasty, 960-1279 AD, had Jasmine in his palace grounds so he could enjoy its fragrance. In the 1400s, Jasmine was planted for kings of Afghanistan, Nepal and Persia.

Varieties of Jasmine used in perfume, found their way to places across the seas – beginning from areas along the Arabian Sea, such as Persia and India then crossing the Red Sea into Egypt. They reached into the territory around the Aegean Sea into Turkey and Greece. And, they spread to areas along the Mediterranean Sea from Africa through Egypt, Algeria and Morocco – reaching Western Europe through Spain by Moors in 1600, and France and Italy.

The plant was introduced into Britain in the later part of the 17th century.

Jasmine sambac Maid of Orleand, sampaguita, is the national flower of Philippines. It is a symbol of purity, simplicity, humility and strength.

Referring to famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus, he wrote that the natives of India used the young leaves and flowers to make a putty.

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