The olfactory identity of fragrant plants varies from one continent to another. Our favourite of all the fragrant plants is mimosa, a perennial that flowers in winter in the south of France.
Mimosa has small, bright yellow flowers and is particularly appreciated in bouquets around the home for its subtle yet unmistakable fragrance. Even if the blooms are short lived when cut, they fill your home with sunshine and a pleasant scent.
So treat yourself this winter and, to prolong the life of your bouquet of mimosa, cut the ends of the stalks and place the vase in the coolest part of the room (near a window, for example).
Other fragrant plants and their characteristics
These are plants from which fragrant substances are extracted such as resins, gums and essences. They offer a broad palette of scents and a single plant can yield a different fragrance depending on which part is used (flowers, leaves, bark, seeds or roots, etc.). Here are a few examples:
Fragrances extracted from flowers: rose, mimosa, orange blossom, jasmine, lavender and violet etc.
Fragrant leaves: rosemary, eucalyptus, mint, violet and lemon balm
Bark: Atlas cedar, sandalwood, cinnamon and rosewood
Resin and gum: myrrh and incense
Seeds: aniseed, nutmeg, cardamom and peppercorns
If the same species of a plant grows on more than one continent, its olfactory identity will not necessarily be the same in each region. This is the case with Jasminum Grandiflorum which can be found in India, Egypt, Morocco and the south of France. Then there are plants that are endemic which means they only grow in one geographic region. For instance, incense and myrrh are only native to Africa.
The special case of plants used in perfumery
Perfumery studios are massive consumers of flowers (rose, mimosa, lavender and jasmine, etc.), but also leaves and even lichens if a woodier scent is required.
Did you know? The use of fragrant plants dates back to ancient times. In France, the first fragrant plant distillery was created in the Grasse region in the mid-16th century to produce perfumed water.
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