What Is The National Flower of Philippines?
Sampaguita is the national flowerof Philippines. Common name is Arabian Jasmine. JasminumSambac is the scientific name of Jasmine. It is genus plant and comes from Oleaceae family. It’s also known as Melatiputih in Indonesia, English common name is Asian Jasmine, Asiatic Jasmine, and Sacred Jasmine. Sampaguita is the very common and most popular flower in Philippines. You can find it in any garden, park, home garden. Jasmine hasgorgeous scent that attracts people frequently.
Mostly Sampaguitais found in two colors, one is white and another is yellow. More than 200 different species of Jasmine cultivated all over the world. Flower lover woman in Philippines wear Sampaguita flower in their hair to decorated and make them attractive. The white Jasmine is the symbol of attachment and showing amiability and modesty. Through the history, The American Governor General in Philippines Frank Murphy declared Sampaguita and Nara as the national flower and national tree of Philippines.
Facts about Philippines’ National Flower (Sampaguita)
- Common Name: Arabian Jasmine
- Genus: Jasminum
- Species: J.Sambac
- Found in: Philippines, Northern Iran, Afghanistan,the Himalayas, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Nepal And India
- Color: White, and yellow
- Number of petals: 5
- Form of the tree: Triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped
- Time of blooming: Summer or spring
- Purpose: Ornamental tree
- Symbolism: Purity, simplicity and humility.
Sampaguta is the favorite national flower symbol of the Philippines people. They feel greatly attached to their national flower and because of their love towards the Jasmine blossom, the Jasmines are planted all over the nation. Jasmine is not only the National flower of Philippines but also the National flower of Pakistan, Indonesia, Hawaii and Syria. Most Jasmine flower is white in color some of yellowish and little are reddish. After flourishing Jasmine like as white star that created a small sky in the garden with lot of small star. Due to the twining nature, Jasmine is being called a vine despite a flowering shrub. Jasmine is native to South and Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia. Presently it grows all over the world with more than 150 different species.
Jasmine has strong fragrance and it is the main object its popular cultivation. It is an ornamental plant for decorating both garden and house. Jasmine oils are used in perfume and cosmetics Industries.It needs well drained, moist, sandy loam to clayey garden soil with reasonable fertility for grow Jasmine. Full sun to partial shade also prefer for Jasmine plant. June to November is the ideal time for plantingof Jasmine bush. It leaves are in two varieties that either deciduous or evergreen. The stems of Jasmine are green, slender, glabrous, trailing and 4 sided in shape.
Sampaguita or Jasmine, the national flower of Philippines plays a vital role in their economy. Both the flowers and seed oil being used in various aspects. While it is extremely consider as aromatic flowers, it is also used for the therapeutic properties. All the part of Jasmine such as flower, stem and seed contains various compounds like Salicylic Acid, linalool, benzyl acetate, terpinol, benzyl benzoate several alcohols and other alkaloids. Jasmine has good reputation in medical use. We can use it as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, analgesic, aphrodisiac and sedative. The Chinese have use Jasmine in their traditional medic. Presently Jasmine is being used in health care production through couple of ways those are as an aromatherapy product and essential oil.
It is said that Jasmine is to either aid in treatment of or cure some of common symptoms like headaches, sunburns and rashes, irritability, sexual problems, pain, uterine problems, anxiety, and heat exhaustion and sun stroke.To sum up, the Sampaguita, thenational flower of Philippines is the symbol of attachment and showing amiability and modesty. It is the most favorite flower of the people of Philippines.