Jasmin, Jasmine (jasumin)

***** Location: Japan, other areas
***** Season: Late Summer
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***** Category: Plant


Jasmin, matsurika 茉莉花 (まつりか)
..... sokei 素馨(そけい)
..... jasumin ジャスミン

American Jasmin アメリカジャスミン

Jasminum officinale is the most common one referred to in haiku. It is the national flower of Pakistan. In Persian, it is originally called "yasmin".



Jasmine or Jessamine (Jasminum)
is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae), with about 200 species, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Old World. The majority of species grow as climbers on other plants or on structures. The leaves can be either evergreen or deciduous, and are opposite in most species; leaf shape is simple, trifoliate or pinnate with up to nine leaflets.

Jasmine flowers are generally white, although some species have yellow flowers. Unlike most genera in the Oleaceae which have four corolla lobes ("petals"), jasmines often have five or six lobes. They are often strongly and sweetly scented. Flowering is in spring or summer in most species, but in a few species, notably J. nudiflorum, in winter on the bare branches of this deciduous species.

Jasminum sambac is also the National Flower of Indonesia, where it is known as "Melati", and of the Philippines, where it is known as "Sampaguita". In Indonesia (especially the island of Java), it is the most important flower in wedding ceremonies for ethnic Indonesians. Jasminum officinale is the national flower of Pakistan, where it is known as the "Chameli" or "Yasmine". In Sanskrit it is called Mallika. Jasmine is cultivated at Pangala, in Karnataka, India, and exported to Middle East countries.

In Thailand, jasmine flowers are used as a symbol of the mother.

J. fluminense is an invasive species in Hawaii, where it is sometimes known by the inaccurate name "Brazilian Jasmine". J. dichotomum is also invasive in Florida.

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winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum
kigo for winter

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Worldwide use

If you find jasmine blossoms in spring in your area, then this is a kigo for your spring.
Let us know the area and your haiku about it, please.


Florida, USA

the arid voice of spring
lingering in bamboo
wild jasmine

- Shared by Sandi Pray -
Joys of Japan, 2012

Starry Wild Jasmine - Jasminum multipartitum



kigo for summer

... today’s Yemenites seem to prefer bright blossoms and the heavy sweetness of jasmine. Street vendors sell jasmine garlands along with khat (a narcotic pinch between cheek and gum). At commencement exercises, it’s become customary to shower the graduates with jasmine petals, much lovelier than a flurry of mortar boards.

Read more HERE
... www.humanflowerproject.com

in wild jasmine..
night chat

breath taking
she beads blooms ..
jasmine necklace

In camel tracks
jasmine petals..
singing garland vendor

Jasmin garlands are also use as wedding decorations. If you see a lady preparing a garland, you would immediately ask her: "To whose wedding are you invited?"

Heike Gewi, Yemen, January 2008

Things found on the way


modern haiku
one more jasmine bloom
lights up the trellis

paul t conneally, UK

A Tribute to Robert Spiess
(1921 - 2002)


she is flying over Alaska
faint scent of jasmine


ona leti preko Aljaske
slab miris jasmina

Tr. Karolina Riječka


Compiled by Larry Bole

the sound itself
is scented

Larry Bole


we arrange our chairs
to face upwind

Ferris Gilli


a little escape
from the world and its affairs -
the scent of jasmine

Tom Tico
The Heron's Nest, Volume VII, Number 4: December, 2005


morning haze
she tries jasmine
in her hair

Maria Steyn
The Heron's Nest, Volume III, Number 10: December, 2001


drifting through darkness

hortensia anderson


slightly dizzy,
I collect a jasmine -
evening arrived

Alex Serban, Romania


first moist breeze -
fragrance of Jasmine reaches
my dinner table

- Shared by Surmeet Maavi, India -
Joys of Japan, 2012


a long journey ...
the lingering scent
of juhi flowers

juhi - Jasminum auriculatum
The flower is held sacred to all forms of Goddess Devi and is used as sacred offerings during Hindu religious ceremonies.
source : www.flowersofindia.ne

- Shared by Sandip Sital Chauhan -
Joys of Japan, July 2012

Related words

***** . Jasminum sambac - Sampaguita .

***** . Parijaat blossoms - Night Jasmine"
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis



Anonymous said...

scent of jasmine ...
another woman's
wedding day

Anonymous said...

Waverly Fitzgerald
School of the Seasons
July 17, 2007


Star Jasmine
I wrote about Jasmine on June 14, 2006, when it was the flower of the day in the French Republican calendar. But I’m dreaming of it again this week, as every time I walk up the steps to my apartment building, I am cloaked in the sweet fragrance of jasmine.

A few years ago our upstairs neighbors, Beth and Julie, planted a jasmine that is twining up a pole on the right hand side of the porch of our brick apartment building on Capitol Hill. It's the only plant that survived our landlord's recent demolition of the old landscaping and installation of a new Mediterranean scheme e l(thanks to Beth and Julie’s advocacy). It began blooming a few weeks ago and now the plant is covered with small, white, fragrant stars.

I spent the last few days researching it but still couldn’t identify the flower and was just going to try making a tea out of it (bad idea! Never eat a plant you can’t identify) when I plucked a sprig, noticed the milky sap and tried googling “white fragrant flower milky sap.” That’s when I found out our jasmine is not a true jasmine but a star jasmine, aka Confederate jasmine.

True jasmine is in the olive family. The star jasmine is in the dogbane family (does that give you a clue as to its edibility?). Also in the dogbane family: oleander (the poisonous flower which grew all over Southern California where I grew up—we were always being warned about them with stories of kids who died after roasting hot dogs on oleander twigs) and a plant called the cockroach plant (the sap and/or dried leaves are mixed with molasses and used to kill cockroaches, flies and lice, and as a lotion to repel mosquitoes and fleas).

I’ve been trying to draw a picture of the flower for the same number of days but it’s hard to get right. The five white petals unfurl from around a pale green center into an absolutely symmetrical (there’s that word again) five-pointed star.

They’re almost like little pinwheels. This photograph captures it perfectly: