Botanic Superlatives: The Flower with the Most Expensive Perfume

February 28, 2011
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“Plants that wake when others sleep / Timid jasmine buds that keep / Their fragrance to themselves all day / But when the sunlight dies away / Let the delicious secret out / To every breeze that roams about.” — Thomas Moore

In Southern California, the first spring breezes are interlaced with a terribly seductive scent. An evening stroll through low-lit sidewalks is gently punctuated with the fragrance of the jasmine blossoms, giving one the impression that a beautiful woman has just walked by.