Flower of the Week: Jasmine

In our weekly series, we're dishing on everything you need to know about the romantic flowering vine

Updated 07/21/17

In our new Flower of the Week series, we'll bring you all things flower, from the cost, to the season, to the little details you need to ask your florist. This is your go-to guide for blooms ranging from ranunculi to rose. So take a minute to stop and smell (and read!) every "flower Friday."

Jonelle Weaver

With a heady, exotic fragrance and delicate blossoms, jasmine vine is the perfect trailing accent to add to a romantic bouquet or centerpiece. Along with a distinctive fragrance, the flower has a rich and ancient history—it was exported into Egypt from Persia as early as 1000 B.C., and has long been enjoyed by royal families, Chinese herbalists, and French perfumers. In both the Philippines and Indonesia, jasmine symbolizes love, purity, and promise, and is used symbolically in the couple’s outfits and wedding décor.

<p>Bouquet by Tiger Lily Florist</p><br><br>

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Seasonality:

Although there are hundreds of varieties throughout the world, the common jasmine is widely available in the U.S. from late spring to early fall.

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Style:

Most jasmine has a trailing, vine-like quality, which makes it well suited to loose, romantic bouquets and centerpieces.

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Shelf life:

Jasmine foliage and flowers are quite delicate and prone to drying out in the heat. Keep cut pieces in water as long as possible and spritz occasionally with a spray bottle to freshen up.

Photo by Melissa Messina

Colors:

The buds of common jasmine are pale pink (the flower closes at night time), and the flowers themselves are white.

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Price: $$-$$$

Common jasmine is relatively inexpensive, but it can sometimes be tricky to find large pieces that are cut. One option is to buy a larger plant and trim the vine from there (or if it’s in the height of the season, find it growing wild).

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It works well with:

Jasmine pairs nicely with other romantic late spring and summer blooms like peonies, garden roses, and ranunculi. Because the vine can be a bit cumbersome in large quantities, it’s best to keep jasmine as a smaller accent in a bouquet or as a very simple, trailing centerpiece.

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