Jasminum multipartitum Hochst, more commonly known as Jasmine, is a very popular flower worldwide because of its one-of-a-kind fragrance. The Jasmine is native to warm and tropical regions of the world. It is believed to have originated in western China, in the Himalayas.
In most species, the jasmine flowers are white, with some species being yellow. Unlike most flowers in the Oleaceae family, which have four corolla lobe petals, Jasmine often has up to five or six lobes. Being a large, scrambling, and mostly evergreen plant, the Jasmine could grow up to 9 feet but is best used as a shrub of up to 5 feet, with a width of 3 to 15 feet.
Jasmine is strongly scented, and it grows in hardy zones 7 to 10. The jasmine flower only releases its scent at night after the sun has set, especially when the moon is fuller. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers, which is rare for fragrant plant species.
The flowering in jasmines takes place during summer or spring, which is usually six months after planting. If encouraged, Jasmine will grow best in temperatures between 40 and 50°F, with plenty of sunlight or partial shade. Be sure to plant in moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.
Jasmine has been used for liver disease (hepatitis), pain caused by liver scarring (cirrhosis), and abdominal pain caused by severe diarrhea. It is also commonly used as a sedative to prevent strokes, and in some cases, cancer treatment.
Nyctanthes arbor-tristis, generally known as Parijat, is native to South and Southeast Asia. Parijat flowers are much similar to Jasmine flowers if you consider their appearance.
They are small, white flowers with hairy, rough green leaves, measuring about 2-5 inches long and 2-7 inches wide. The flowers have a very attractive and strong aroma, much like Jasmine.
Another similarity is that Parijat trees also bloom at night during the spring season, and the flowers are as clustered as Jasmine flowers. If well looked after, the Parijat plant will grow until 33 feet tall, significantly bigger than Jasmine.
Parijat will grow in hardy zones of 10, and as for sunlight needs, Parijat needs full sunlight for most of the day, followed by partial shade in the afternoon. Parijat will thrive in temperatures closest to 60 and 70°F, and needs sandy and well-drained soil, as their roots will rot when it comes in contact with standing water for long periods.
Parijat is used to treat fever and fungal skin infections because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antihelmintic properties. The bitter leaves are given to children for the expulsion of threadworms and roundworms. The leaf juice can also be used as an antidote for reptile venoms and snake bites.
Gardenia jasminoides, natively from Asia, is most commonly found growing wild in Vietnam, Southern China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and India. With their beautiful, medium-sized flowers, Gardenia flowers are quite similar to the Jasmine.
Native to tropical and subtropical regions, they grow well in sunny and dry areas and hardy zones of 8 to 11. They only need water when their well-drained and rich soil is dry.
The astonishing Gardenia flower plant will grow until the height of 3 to 8 feet and can be about 5 feet wide. They will grow best in temperatures between 65 and 70°F.
Gardenia flowers are popularly known for their high and potent fragrance, but the smell differs from the sweet Jasmine to a more sour scent. Like Jasmine, Gardenia flowers are often used in ornamental gardens because of their beautiful appearance and pleasant smell. Their blooming time comes in early summer, but they are an evergreen plant.
Gardenia plants are used for several health-related complications, such as constipation, diabetes, fever, gallbladder disease, high cholesterol, and blood pressure, as well as liver disorders. It also helps with psychological complications, such as anxiety, depression, and agitation. It is usually taken by mouth.
With a botanical name of Epiphyllum oxypetalum, an easier name of Nishagandhi is given to this beautiful plant. The word “Nishagandhi” is Indian, and it translates to “the flower that scents at night.”
Natively from Central America and Northern South America, these white flowers are similar because Jasmine flowers also bloom their white flowers at night. Their blooming time can range between late spring to late summer.
The only major difference in Nishagandhi is that they contain large and uniquely shaped white flowers with a bigger stamen. Nishagandhi is a cactus species with a strong scent also commonly used for ornamental gardening. Because of the relation to succulent plants, it doesn’t need much water to survive and grows best in temperatures between 50 to 90°F.
You wouldn’t want them to get too much sunlight, as it differs from the Jasmine and only needs small amounts of partial sunlight. If well looked after, the Nishagandhi can grow up to 10 inches tall and 5 inches wide. They will excel in acidic, well-drained, and airy soil in hardiness zones of 10-11.
Nishagandi is mostly used for itchy rashes on the skin. It is also used as an internal herbal remedy for worms, cystitis, and fever. There is no scientific proof that Nishagandhi helps with heart pains, but the Native American tribe uses it to treat angina-like pains.
4. White Butterfly Gingers
White butterfly gingers, rightfully known as Hedychium coronarium, look much alike to the flowers of the Jasmine, with shiny and silky petals that look bright at night. Natively from tropical Asia, the White Butterfly Ginger’s flowers are the most fragrant part of the plant.
Also, being a tropical plant, the White Butterfly Ginger plant can grow as tall as 6 feet and as wide as 3 feet, in hardiness zones of 7-11. It adapts very well to profound weather changes. It is, therefore, a great flower to have in your garden if you live in the country’s southern parts.
White butterfly gingers will bloom in the late summer and late fall until the first frost. Unlike the Jasmine, White Butterfly Gingers are difficult to spot, even when they are in bloom. But don’t worry- their heady scent will instantly make it known that they are present!
They mostly need only 2-4 hours of cool direct sunlight, with shade the rest of the day. They will grow efficiently in temperatures of 70 to 80°F in sandy and well-drained soil that should be permanently moist.
White butterfly gingers are used for gargling for sore throats and tonsillitis or chewed for the same reasons. Their roots and leaves are also used for nasal polyps, as well as fevers.
Polianthes tuberosa, also known as Tuberoses, are with the Jasmine, among the most pretty and fragrant flowers, and they are also produced in clusters. The flower clusters include several tiny, white flowers that have an extensive smell. Much like the Jasmine, they are perfect for beautiful gardens and are used worldwide for ornamental flower decorations.
Unlike the Jasmine, Tuberose needs a lot of direct sunlight and will grow year-round in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10, encouraging flowering toward early summer or early fall. They need lots of sun and temperatures between 70 and 70°F to grow to their full potential!
The Tuberose sucks up moisture and requires plenty of water. They need fertile, loamy, and sandy soils, and if looked after correctly, the Tuberose may reach a height of 3 feet and a width of 0.6 feet.
Tuberoses are used in aromatherapy to open the heart, calm the nerves, and restore peace, joy, and harmony. The tuberoses flowers have been used in perfumery for years.
Tabernaemontana divaricate ‘Flore Pleno,’ natively from east India, are shrubs with evergreen leaves containing milky sap. Many buds come together when the plants start flowering, creating a beautiful, fragrant cluster of flowers!
If cared for, Nandyarvattam plants could grow until 8 feet in height, with a width of 2 feet. Blooming in winter, they will either strive in full sun or partial shade conditions, with temperatures between 55 and 60°F.
They also require regular watering, so the soil is sandy or loamy and always moist. This differs from the Jasmine, as you need to ensure the topsoil is dry before watering. They will grow in hardiness zones of 9 to 11.
Nandyarvattam plants are used for excessive coughing, kidney problems, kidney stones, scrabies, as well as ulcers.
Plumeria acuminata are beautiful, five-petaled ornamental plants are common shrubs originating in the Philippines. Plumeria’s sweet scent is similar to Jasmine, with the scent also coming out strongly at night.
The tightly compacted buds appear to be more of a pinkish color than white, but they often turn snow-white when they are in complete bloom, which is early summer until fall. They can reach up until 20 feet tall, much taller than Jasmine. Their width ranges between 20 and 25 feet.
Plumeria will grow in hardiness zones of 10 through 12, and they like dry, sunny climates with temperatures between 65 and 80°F. Their soil should completely dry out between waterings, and they prefer well-drained soil.
Plumeria is usually used for inflammation. Their shoots and flowers are useful for treating Malaria, and they can also be used for diabetes.
Pikake sambac, natively from Southern Asia. Like Jasmine, Sampaguita flowers are used for occasions because of their small, white flowers. Containing a sweet fragrance, this flower differs from Jasmine because it blooms all year round and not just in the typical blooming season.
It can grow up to 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. They will grow in hardiness zones of 9 through 15, and they prefer temperatures 60 and 68°F. Sampaguita flowers will grow best in full sun, with well-draining soil. It is best to keep the soil moist between waterings throughout the growing season, as it needs much more water than Jasmine.
Sampaguita has a few medicinal uses, such as relieving headaches, and it can also be used to treat wounds and snake bites.
Ipomoea alba, known as Moonflowers, are natively from tropical America. They are quick climbers and can easily reach heights of up to 15 feet, being 1-4 feet wide. Moonflowers are winter-hardy perennials and can grow in hardy zones 10-11.
As their name implies, the white flowers of this plant only open at nighttime. Although Jasmine gives off a remarkable scent, the moonflower gives off no scent. Their blooming seasons are summer and fall, and they prefer temperatures of 60-70°F.
The moonflower, much like Jasmine, needs full sun and only needs water when the topsoil has dried. They prefer moist soil with well-draining properties. The moonflower’s recommended uses are for ornamental purposes only, not having other useful properties.
10. Evening Primrose
Oenothera biennis, natively from America. This beautiful plant can grow up to 5 feet tall and 8-24 inches wide, with unique flowers blooming in white, pink, and yellow.
They grow in hardy zones of 4-9 and should be kept in temperatures below 80°F. As the name suggests, the evening primrose blooms at night, and their blooming season is May through to July.
They prefer well-draining, moist soil in partial shade to full sun. The biggest similarity to Jasmine would be that Primrose will die quickly in waterlogged soil and is susceptible to root rot. Evening primrose also prefers sandy soil, thus, being well-draining soil. They prefer temperatures between 64 and 72°F.
Evening primrose has wonderful uses, including the clear of acne and eczema. It can help improve breast pain and PMS symptoms, even reduce hot flashes, high blood pressure, and boost your overall heart health.
Nemesia Sauveolens, quite similar to the Jasmine, yields an abundance of small, white flowers. It is much smaller than Jasmine and will never grow taller than 1.6 feet or wider than 12 inches. Nemesia is natively from the beautiful fields of South Africa and grows in hardy zones of 9-10.
The Names flowers mostly start to flower in spring, but the flowering season can extend through summer to autumn. They grow well in partial sun, making them a beneficial addition to flowerbeds with taller plants that will provide them with dappled shade. They like temperatures of 70°F during the daytime and slightly cooler temperatures during the night.
Nemesia is used as a flowering bedding plant and as an ornamental pot plant.
Galanthus nivalis. This plant gets its unique name from its bulbous, white flowers. Although the color of the flower is identical to the color of Jasmin when in full bloom, the Snowdrop’s flowers droop. Snowdrops are natively from Europe and the middle east and will grow until about 0.5-0.7 feet tall, being only 4 inches wide, significantly smaller than Jasmine.
Snowdrops bloom in October through to April, and they grow well in hardy zones of 3-8. They will do best in well-drained soil in light shade, similar to their woodland habitat, and prefer temperatures between 35 and 43°F.
Snowdrops can be used for the treatment of traumatic injuries to the human nervous system. It could also be used as an emmenagogue, which stimulates or increases menstrual flow.
Dahlia pinnata can range from a small, white, petite 2-inch lollipop blossom to a giant 15-inch blossom when in full bloom. They are native to the higher elevations of Mexico and Central America. Most of them grow between 4-5 feet tall, with a 1-2 feet width. They grow in hardy zones of 8-11.
They prefer a planting site provided with full sun and well-draining soil. Though not well-suited to extremely hot climates, they require lots of sun and a growing season of at least four months, where the Jasmine only needs three months. They usually bloom from mid-summer through to autumn and grow to their full potential in temperatures above 55°F.
Aztecs used Dahlia petals for treating infected scrapes, rashes, and cracks in the skin. They are rich in antibiotic compounds, and the crushed petals are used to provide relief from insect bites or stings.
Paeonia spp. Natively from southern Europe, Peony plants bear large, sweet-scented white flowers and can grow as tall as 6.5 feet and as wide as 3 feet. Like, Jasmine, they are quite hardy and grows in hardy zones of 7-8. Peony needs to be planted somewhere with a decent amount of sun exposure, with plenty of space to grow.
They bloom during late spring to early summer. Sadly, they only flower for a short time, approximately 7-10 days. They prefer temperatures ranging from freezing to no more than 45°F.
Except for Peony needing a lot of water and keeping their soil at a constant moisture level, they are not susceptible to root rot and are therefore not as sensitive as Jasmine.
Peony is used for gout, osteoarthritis, fever, respiratory tract illnesses, and coughs. Women often use Peony for menstrual cramps, polycystic ovary syndrome, PMS, and for starting menstruation or causing an abortion.
Hibiscus moscheutos, also known as luna whites, is a perennial shrub well-known for its flashy, big, white flowers. Natively from Asia, they grow in hardy zones of 4-9. The flowers are evenly spread across the plant, not as clustered as Jasmine, and the flowers could be ten times the size. Growing to at least 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide, this plant needs full sun.
Blooming in mid to late summer, they need constant temperatures of 60-90°F to grow to their full potential. They need sandy soil with well-draining abilities, and it is a known rule to water them when the top inch of their soil is dry, much like the Jasmine.
The Hibiscus flowers and leaves have been traditionally used to treat cancer, gallbladder attacks, and lower blood pressure. Some people also use it to relieve dry coughs and topically treat skin infections.
16. Butterfly bush
Buddleia davidii, known as butterfly bush, is native to central China. It grows rapidly and produces beautifully cone-shaped clusters of small, white flowers bigger than the Jasmine. Butterfly Bush can grow up to 20 feet tall and 8 feet wide and commonly grows in hardiness zones 5-8.
They bloom during the summer and fall, creating a contrast to the blooming time of Jasmine. They need full exposure to the sun during the day, and with well-drained soil, you can water them daily. When in temperatures above 20°F and below 90°F, they will grow to their fullest potential.
Butterfly bush has a few main functions: breaking fevers, nourishing the liver, improving eyesight, and removing nebula. Their primary uses are for red and swollen, painful eyes, and excessive tearing.
Bacopa monnieri is a perennial herb that grows in bushy clusters, giving way to their beautiful, dainty white flowers. Natively, Bacopa comes from the coastal shores of the southeastern USA and Cuba. These flowers and their shades of white are similar to Jasmine, but the Bacopa grows best in a more shaded spot, with temperatures of 68-72°F.
Bacopa will grow in hardiness zones 9-11, and they bloom during spring. The Bacopa will never succeed in heights more than 6 inches and a width of 4 feet, making it significantly smaller than Jasmine. They need nutrient-rich soil and will grow best in a garden soil mix.
Bacopa is commonly used for Alzheimer’s disease, memory and thinking skills, anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there is limited scientific research to support these uses.
Antirrhinum coulterianu, More commonly known as the white Snapdragon, is native to the rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and North Africa. This plant grows in clusters of woody stems that give rise to delicate white blossoms. The buds will appear more pinkish but will gradually fade to Jasmine white as the petals open.
They often grow wild in areas that have seen fire the previous year and reach 3 to 4 feet in height and 6-18 inches wide. Therefore, they can drown easily and only need an inch of water weekly in well-draining, sandy soil.
Always place them in full sun to partial shade, as you would Jasmine. They need to grow in areas of temperatures of 60-72°F during the day and 50-55°F during the night.
Most people don’t realize that the Snapdragon is so hardy, and they can grow in hardiness zones of 7-11. The leaves and flowers of Snapdragon are anti-inflammatory, and they have been used in poultices on tumors, ulcers, and hemorrhoids.
19. Calla Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica. Although the Calla Lily gives off no sweet scent like the Jasmine, this beautifully animal-ear shape opens up to show a beautiful white flower. Native to the southern regions in Africa, the Calla Lilly needs full sun with rich and moist soil. Unlike Jasmine, consistent moisture is essential, but overwatering should be avoided.
Although the white Calla Lily is most popular, there are many different colors to choose from, and heights will never succeed 2 feet, and they will never grow wider than 24 inches. They grow in hardiness zones of 8-10 and bloom during mid-summer to fall for about three weeks. They grow best in temperature between 60 and 75°F.
The underground stem of the Calla Lily was used as a medical treatment for dressing wounds in South Africa. These beautiful flowers are currently used in bridal bouquets and funeral arrangements for their simple elegance and symbolic purity.
20. White Bouvardia
Bouvardia longiflora, natively from America and central Mexico. This bushy plant reaches heights of two feet and widths of 8 inches and grows at a much slower rate than Jasmine. Although their flowers look quite the same, the Bouvardia gives off no scent and is best grown indoors as houseplants.
They can grow in hardiness zones of 9-11, with temperatures never lower than 44°F. They need light sun to full shade, in sandy or loamy soil that is well-drained but never dry. They typically bloom during late spring, but the blooming can go on until autumn.
Commonly used as decorative gardens, the Bouvardia will look just as astonishing as Jasmine. This plant can be recognized by its small, star-shaped flowers with large, dark-green leaves.
Camellia sinensis, natively from north America. In general, camellias grow and bloom better in partial to complete shade, making them different from Jasmine’s high sun exposure levels. The average height is 9 to 13 feet, making them almost twice the height of Jasmine. They grow to a width of 20 feet.
They grow in hardiness zones of 8, never higher. They need temperatures between 45 and 61°F, with cool, moist, and acidic soil. Being evergreen, they are high water consumers but will rot if their roots sit in water for longer periods.
Their snowy white petals grow gorgeously symmetrical and are aesthetically pleasing for any garden but can be used for different products, like cooking products, cosmetic beauty products, and tea.
Gypsophila, generally referred to as Baby’s-breath, is natively from Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. It has delicate white flowers borne from thin stems and grows up to 3 to 8 feet in height and 8 feet in width.
Like Jasmin, their soil should be damp at the topsoil and get full sun to partial shade during the day. Baby’s-breath is also susceptible to root rot, much the same as Jasmine, and therefore, requires well-draining soil. Temperatures should never exceed 70°F, and they bloom in summer. They will grow in hardiness zones of 3-9.
Baby’s Breath is a common favorite amongst florists and ornamental gardeners.
Echinacea, natively from the USA. These classic perennials have narrow, serrated leaves with white flowers with yellow disc centers.
Although not similar to Jasmin in appearance, they need identical amounts of water and grow up to 5 feet, similar to Jasmine. They can grow up to 36 inches wide and need to be located in a sunny garden with lots of light, assuring that their topsoil is never dry.
These plants will grow to their fullest potential in temperatures between 40 and 59°F, and in hardiness zones of 3-10. They will grow in poor, rocky soil but will not grow in wet, mulchy soil. They bloom heavily from July through to September.
Echinacea has been an effective and popular herbal remedy for centuries. It can be used to prevent and treat viruses that cause your everyday colds, sore throats, or the flu.
24. Common Daisy
Bellis perennis, Common white daisies, similar to Jasmin, form clumps of small white flowers with yellow discs. They originated in western, northern, as well as central Europe. Like Jasmine, They also need full sun in well-drained, rich soil. When put in the shade, they will become soggy and wilt.
They require approximately 1 to 2 inches of water weekly during the summer, and they will never exceed 2 to 3 feet in height or grow bigger than 24 inches wide. They need temperatures closest to 75°F, as they do not like the cold. They bloom during late spring or summer, depending on what the warmest month is. They grow in hardiness zones of 4-7 and are much more sensitive than Jasmine.
People take wild daisy tea for severe coughs, bronchitis, and kidney and liver disorders. It is also believed to reduce inflammation and swelling of surface wounds.
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