Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum) is a genus of vines and shrubs in the Oleaceae (olive) family. It contains about 200 species native to the warm temperate and tropical regions of Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Jasmine is widely cultivated due to the characteristic aroma of its flowers. The jasmine flower is either deciduous (meaning the leaves fall in autumn) or evergreen (meaning the leaves are green throughout the year).
Some species stand upright while others climb or spread. The flowers are usually 2.5cm in diameter and come in shades of yellow and white. However, some species are reddish, although this is a bit rare.
The flowers are held in cymose racemes and have at least 3 flowers. Flowering occurs in spring or summer, typically 6 months after sowing.