Imagine waking up every morning to a sweet fragrance in your homes. Isn’t the thought pleasing? There are flowers that can ensure that your homes are always smelling sweet, and can also help release happiness hormones and rejuvenate your brain.
The gratifying fragrance of these flowers is not just used in aromatherapy for healing, but also used widely in the perfume industry to create mesmerising scents for every occasion.
Read on to discover nine of the many fragrant blossoms available in India that you could get home today!
Found in Asia, Europe, and North America, roses are often exclusively grown for their petal perfumes. With over a hundred different species and innumerable colours available, roses are also widely used in wedding ceremonies. You may plant those beauties in your yard or get a bunch for your room at your convenience, for each blossom can scent an entire room.
Considered sacred in India, tuberose blossoms are widely used for wedding garlands. Commonly referred to as ‘Rajnigandha’ or ‘Gulchhadi’, these bulbous perennial plants are cultivated in tropical spring and summer in clusters consisting of small, white flowers. These can be planted in pots near windows or balconies to spread their delightful fragrance while adding colour to your home décor.
Native to tropical regions, Jasmine flowers blossom in white and yellowish colours. These blossoms produce lovely fragrance at night, especially during a full moon. These night-blooming flowers are available in over two hundred varieties, the most popular of which are Jai, Bela, Mogra, Juhi and Chameli. Widely acknowledged as the most fragrant flower, Jasmine is used in perfume and cosmetic industries. These blooms are widely used in aromatherapy too as their smell helps in relaxing the mind. You may choose to plant these perennial climbers in big pots outside your bedroom window for a soothing sleep or place them in a vase.
Nyctanthes Arbor Tristis
Also known as Parijat, Nyctanthes Arbor Tristis are similar to Jasmine in appearance and are often referred to as the night-flowering jasmines. They too have small white flowers with a tantalising aroma. Distinctively, Parijats have bright orange stems contrasting with white petals. This beautiful plant that can be seen blooming from August to November has some medicinal values and can be used to cure many diseases. Planting parijat is always a good pick since they're not just fragrant, but also attractive looking.
Fun fact- Parijats also have medicinal properties and are used in Ayurveda to treat sciatica and arthritis.
Gardenia (Cape Jasmine)
Native to tropical regions of South Asia, Australia, and Africa, Gardenia is a member of the coffee family. These shrubs have a unique and powerful scent, most intense during rains. When the wet wind blows, it comes out with a lustful fragrance. Named after the Scottish botanist Alexander Garden, these are popularly known as “Gandharaj” in India, which literally translates to ‘king of fragrances’. These evergreen large, white flowers can be grown as houseplants. You may also get yourself a bunch of cut flowers to keep your homes well-scented.
The evergreen flowering bush that grows in any climate also called raat ki raani, is the nocturnal beauty that mesmerizes you with its fragrance. This night-blooming jasmine opens at dusk, relaxes your mind throughout the night and closes at the break of dawn. If one loves fragrant flowers, then raat ki raani is not unheard of. Since these blossoms are perennial in nature, you may get a bunch of these any time of the year or choose to plant them in your garden.
Often referred to as Frangipani or Champa, Plumeria is a tropical/subtropical flower that is softly fragrant during the day and is most fragrant during the night. It does so to attract sphinx moths to pollinate them. These shrubs come in different colours and varieties. Also known as Yasmin, these 5-petaled flowers are very popular for making perfumes and essential oils.
This tree-like evergreen shrub with white flowers is native to India. Its scientific name is Tabernaemontana Divaricata and is commonly known as Crape Jasmine. Nandyarvattam’s single-flower form (often referred to as pinwheel flower) is unscented while the double-flowered form has a pleasant aroma. Used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda, these delicate silky white blossoms are now cultivated throughout South-East Asia and the other warmer regions of continental Asia.
Out of the 47 species of Lavender, Lavandin Lavender is the most famous one. They are one of the very few plants that have fragrant leaves as well as flowers. Native to Europe, Northern, and Eastern Africa, Southwest Asia, China, and Southeast India, many members of the lavender family are cultivated in temperate climates. Lavenders are used as an ornamental plant, a culinary herb, and for the extraction of essential oils.
Every flower comes with a distinct smell that may or may not be pleasant to humans. Flowers produce a unique chemical compound for the purpose of pollination, which also produces a smell. Since every person processes the scents differently, it is hard to compare them or put them in any order. Nonetheless, this list by The Flora should be your go-to list when looking for fragrant flowers in India.