Night Flowering Jasmine – Parijaat Tree Love
“From plants that wake when others sleep, from timid jasmine buds that keep their odor to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about” – Thomas Moore
One of my favorite flowers of this season. I freeze at the sight of this tree and these small, tubular, flowers that typically have five to eight petals. They are usually white, with a hint of orange or pink at the base of the petals, which adds to their beauty.
Night-flowering jasmine, also known as “Queen of the Night” or “Parijat” (scientifically called Nyctanthes arbor-tristis), is a fragrant flowering plant seen in ample in the season of autumn. October month is known for these flowers and there is even a movie of the same name featuring this beautiful harsingar/ Parijat flower. The flowers of night-flowering jasmine are renowned for their strong, sweet, and intoxicating fragrance. The scent becomes particularly pronounced in the evening and night, which is why it is named “night-flowering” jasmine.
One of the most distinctive features of night-flowering jasmine is its strong, sweet fragrance. The flowers release their scent primarily in the evening and night, which is why it’s often associated with night gardens.
In India, the Parijat tree is considered sacred and has cultural and religious significance. The flowers are used in various religious ceremonies and are associated with several Hindu myths and legends.
Various parts of the night-flowering jasmine plant, including its leaves and flowers, are used in traditional medicine for their potential medicinal properties. They are believed to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic properties.
“The fragrance of jasmine in the garden, at twilight, is like the perfume of a celestial woman.” – Kahlil Gibran
The Poetess in me just got swayed away and rhymed a few lines for this beautiful creation of nature. Check my YouTube video to hear the poem.
Sustainability with Prachi
I’m sharing my #TreeLove with – the #ThursdayTreeLove blog hop, a photo feature hosted by Parul Thakur. Coupled with this, This is my Love Your Planet “Earth” post and a post to make us aware of the trees around us.
Save trees, nurture, conserve, and preserve the trees around us, and on our planet. Do you love Trees?
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You might also like to see my Tree Love in these trees:
- X-mas Tree — That kept me sane in lockdown
- Chinese Hackberry in Nilgiris
- An old Peepal Tree giving shade to parking cars
- Cypress with all its beauty
- Did you hug a tree today?
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