The rich, sweet fragrance of white or yellow jasmine (jasminium polyanthum) has made it very popular flower around the world. Native to tropical and warm temperate regions, its essential oils are used in perfumes and aromatherapy for both relaxing and aphrodisiac effects.
Closely related to the olive family, there are over 200 different species of jasmine. These woody vines can grow to height of 10 to 15 feet (3.0 to 4.6 meters), growing 1 to 2 feet (30 to 61 centimeters) each year. Jasmine is prized for its brilliant green leaves as well as its soft, delicate, and sweetly scented flowers. Common jasmine is native to Iran, and its flowers are the source of attar of jasmine, which used in many perfumes. The dried flowers of Arabian jasmine are used to make jasmine tea.