Origin: Tropical and subtropical regions of Eurasia, Oceania

Family: Oleaceae
Scientific Name: Jasminum spp., particularly Jasminum officinale

Folk Names: Jessamin, moonlight on the grove, moonshine in the garden, Queen of the Night, yasmine

Note: Many plants share the common name of ‘jasmine’ despite being unrelated. Eg ‘star jasmine’ (the most common jasmine in Australian gardens/plantings) is Trachelospermum jasminoides, which belongs to the dogbane family (Apocynaceae).


Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: Moon & Venus
Moon phase: Full moon
Zodiac: Cancer, Pisces
Associated Celebrations: Floralia
Deities: Artemis, Diana, moon goddesses

Magical Properties: Love, sexuality, happiness, spirituality, purification, romantic love, success

Substitutions: Rose, ylang-ylang

Jasmine’s white, night-flowering habit makes it a classic moon plant, while its pleasant, intoxicating fragrance also heavily associates it with Venus.


Jasmine has a long history of use in festivals, religious ceremonies, and marriage rituals within its native range.

Many cultures associate jasmine with love (especially weddings), spirituality, beauty, friendship, bestowing accolades, and honouring the dead.

A number of places are associated with jasmine:

Magical Uses


Part Used: Flowers
Extraction Method: Solvent extraction
Flash Point: 89°C

Scent Type: Floral
Perfume Note: Middle/base
Scent Description: Rich, sweet, floral

Note: Jasmine oil is very expensive and usually sold diluted

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Relaxing, uplifting, helps ease depression and stress/anxiety.

Blends well with rose and sandalwood.



The genus Jasminum contains over 200 species with a range of characteristics, including both evergreen and deciduous varieties.

Type: Shrubs or vines
Plant Height: Up to 3m, although vines may climb/spread further
Leaves: Can be opposite or alternate; simple, trifoliate, or pinnate
Flowers: White or yellow, often fragrant. Around 2.5cm in diameter, in clusters of at least 3, with 4-9 petals
Fruit: Small, fleshy, black-ish berries with 1-2 seeds

Etymology: ‘Jasmine’ comes from its name in Persian, yasamin (یاسمن), generally cited as meaning “gift from God”.

In the Garden

Type: Perennial
Sow: Spring
Light: Bright light
Water: Keep moist
Soil: Rich, well-draining



Afshan Mirza (16/09/2021); Jasmine: The National Flower of Pakistan; Popular in Pakistan

Waseem Khan (03/05/2017); Sampaguita: The National Flower of Philippine; ReadNational.com