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(hardy in zones 9-11+)
Few flowers capture the heart and soul of Asia as
does. It is the national flower of Indonesia and the Philippines, and is a symbol of purity, beauty, and eternal love. It is used in religious offerings, to adorn altars, and to make welcome garlands for guests. People wear corsages or crowns made with flowers strung together, and wear perfumes made from the distilled oil. In China the flowers are used in jasmine tea. The origin is thought to be India, not Arabia, but now it is cultivated widely throughout southern Asia. The white flowers borne in clusters of 3-12 together open at night to emit an intoxicating sweet scent that few people can resist. In the tropics the plant grows as a small sprawling shrub, 1-3m (3-10ft) high, but in pots it can easily be kept to a more manageable 60-90cm (2-3ft) with regular pruning. Requires moist soil and full or part sun. Will survive outdoors in zone 8 but dies back to the ground in winter.
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