The national flower of Pakistan is jasmine. It is also called Jasminum. Scientifically it is named as Jasminum. It belongs to the family of Oleaceae (family of olive), order of Lamiales, tribe of Jasmineae and kingdom of Plantae. It belongs to olive family (Oleaceae) and tribe Jasmineae.
It has (plant usually having several major stems) maximum height of 10 to 15 feet. Its growing rate is nearly 12 to 24 inches per year. Jasmine plant should be kept at least eight feet apart in order to save the later growth of the plant from jamming together Plenty of water should be given during summer.
The plants needs minimum sunlight with its full intensity of four hours a day. Jasmines often have five or six lobes (leaf divided part) jasmines having strong and sweet sense of smell.
Jasmine flowers are white in most species; with some species being yellow flowered. Jasmine is believed to have originated in the Himalayas in western China. Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring, usually six months after planting.
Did you know ? Sampaguita Flower looks similar to Jasmine.
The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is gradually increasing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.
There exists a true Jasmine and a false Jasmine, and the two are commonly mistaken for each other because of the fragrance the plants release.
The true Jasmine belongs to the family Oleaceae, is primarily a thickly branched shrub or climbing vine, (plant with a weak stem) and is non-poisonous.
True Jasmine has oval, shiny leaves and hollow tubes, waxy-white flowers.
The false Jasmine, on the other hand, is in a completely different genus, Gelsemium, and family, Loganiaceae, is considered too poisonous for human consumption.
10 Facts About Jasmine Flower
- Jasmine is the native and most popular flower of Pakistan.
- In country like Pakistan its most use is in different events like wedding, school ,colleges annual function
- It is sweet, pure, attractive, decorative, innocent and pure flower.
- In addition with the above properties it also helps in decorating and making the environment and gardens scented.
- Oil extracted from the jasmine flower is being used extensively in cosmetics and perfumery, having relaxing properties, sedative and aphrodisiac (intensifies sexual desire). Such as creams, oils, soaps, and shampoos.
- Due to its pure property it is also become the useful choice of western countries.
- In Christianity it represents motherhood.
- Despite of separate choice of the countries it is also the best symbol of affection, sensuality and long lasting love.
- It is also use as a symbol of modesty, friendliness and simplicity.
- The Jasmine oil, which is a very popular fragrant oil contains benzyl acetate, terpinol, jasmone, benzyl benzoate, linalool, several alcohols, and other compounds.
- Yellow jasmine presented to someone on their best work in education with positive love, friendship, joy and intellect.
- Jasmine leaves are either evergreen or deciduous.
- The nectar sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to pollinators of the fragrant flowers of Carolina Jasmine, Gelsemium sempervirens, is poisonous, although its dried roots are used in medicinal preparations
- Indian call it the “Queen of the Night” because of its intoxicating (extremely exciting as if by alcohol or a narcotic) perfume that is released at night
- Several countries and states consider jasmines as a national symbol Indonesia Pakistan Philippines
- In countries like India, this plant is commonly used to honor gods and the dead, making it ideal for flower offerings because it symbolizes hope and spirituality. Jasmine is also used to make Gajra garlands in India, which are worn on special occasions as a charm.
- For Westerners, white jasmine is a symbol of emotion, of eternal love and sensuality, making it an ideal gift for a loved one, especially a partner. It’s beautiful and delicious smell makes it a sophisticated and beautiful alternative. In some cultures, Jasmine represents appreciation and good luck.
- In Pakistan Both the bride and groom wear garlands of white jasmine and red roses on their wedding day
Jasmin flower meaning
- The name is actually derived from the Persian word Yasmeen (“gift from God“) through Arabic and Latin.
- In religious ceremonies this flower shows purity.
- The meaning of jasmine changes with respect to culture and setting
- As a symbol it uses in different environment and ceremonies.
Why Jasmine is the natural flower of Pakistan ?
Every country has unique emblems which range from anthem, uniform, tree, bird, animal and a flag alongside this country also have a to represent its gardens, trade and forest habitation. All the national flowers signify certain principles that a nation stands for. Let’s know the national flower of Pakistan.
The flower of 200 species having enormous properties of decorating, fragrant, purity, love, innocence and important part of different ceremonies, events. In addition to this it can be cultivated in private homes easily also the decoration and fragrance of streets and gardens. Beside this different religions uses it in their worship and for hair ornaments and beauty.
Its use is not limited to national level only it is also cultivated commercially, for both the domestic and industrial uses, such as the perfume industry and green tea and herbal medicine. It is also the beauty had become the important part of the rituals like marriages, religious ceremonies and festivals in Pakistan and other countries like Syria and Christine religion.
In the Chandan Yatra of lord Jagannath the idol is bathed with water flavored with sandalwood and jasmine.
Some provinces of Pakistan especially kpk district Bannu has the major use of jasmine in their rituals especially in wedding and unique customary (zharnki in Pashto language) wear it on this special occasion.
It is also used to share love and knowledge. The flower also commonly use in green teas, herbal medicine, skin creams and perfumes, soaps and air freshener. In food and different dishes it is use as decorative material and scent. Due to all these interesting and amazing facts and properties government of Pakistan accept Jasmine as a national flower of Pakistan.