12 Most Fragrant Flowers

Updated on May 22, 2019

What could be more attractive than a flower guiding your sense of smell! Scented flowers or fragrant blooms are one of the flowers I love. They just bring this sweet scent into the breeze that is soothing to the senses.

We have two fragrant flowering plants in our patio, and those are the jasmine I got from Walmart a couple of years ago and the night blooming jasmine also known as dama de noche which had been flowering for years now that was given by my uncle.

But what other sweet or fragrant flowering plants are your choices if you're not into these two? Here's a small list of sweet-scented flowering plants along with photos that you can feast your eyes on.


Lonicera periclymenum

This yellow scented flower symbolizes love in which the fragrance is said to be a dream inducer about love.

Honeysuckle is loved by hummingbirds, and is also used in alternative medicine as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. (No wonder I had seen it as one of the ingredients on my tea "Breathe Easy."

Growing in full sun or partially shaded area, honeysuckle could either be a vine or a shrub that grows as high as 10 meters and is also known as woodbine, European honeysuckle and common honeysuckle.

honeysuckle | Source


Plumeria acuminata

Plumeria's scent comes strongly at night. That is so that these beautiful, 5-petaled flowers can help with pollination, inviting the sphinx moths, as they are nectarless beauties. Plumeria buds appear to be pinkish in color, but these buds turn into color white with a spray of yellow on the base once in complete bloom.

Plumerias can reach up to 20 ft. tall. The sap contains irritant which can cause irritation when it comes in contact with the skin. Named after botanist Charle's Plumier, plumier tree is grown as an ornamental plant and is a common tree found growing in the Philippines, known as calachuchi or kalachuchi.

Plumeria | Source

Night Blooming Jasmine

Cestrum nocturnum

A shrub bearing sweetly scented white flowers. As the name suggests, the flowers only open at dusk throughout the night giving off the sweet scent. And as a new day begins at the crack of dawn, the tubular-shaped flowers would close, only to open again for the evening.

Other common names night blooming jasmine is known for are night blooming cestrum, raatrani and is known in the Philippines as dama de noche.

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Cestrum nocturnumFlowering night blooming jasmine with the flowers closed during the day.
Cestrum nocturnum
Cestrum nocturnum | Source
Flowering night blooming jasmine with the flowers closed during the day.
Flowering night blooming jasmine with the flowers closed during the day. | Source


Cananga odorata

I could close my eyes and imagine the sweet-smelling ylang-ylang flowers. They are highly regarded into perfume making and even as an essential oil. The flower, also known as "perfume tree," is made into leis for parties, welcoming tourists or guests and for religious offerings.

Growing in either full sun or in partially shaded area, ylang-ylang can reach up to a height of 40 ft tall and bears the drooping, yellowish scented flowers.

Some of the names that cananga odorata is known for are Macassar-oil plant, kenanga from Indonesia and known in the Philippines as ylang-ylang.

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Flowers of Cananga odorata.Ylang-ylang
Flowers of Cananga odorata.
Flowers of Cananga odorata. | Source
Ylang-ylang | Source


Jasminum grandiflorum

Another sweet-smelling flower is the jasmine. This deciduous shrub grows about 4 meters tall, planted as an ornamental plant. The scented flowers are also made into leis and are used in offerings and welcoming visitors. Jasminnum grandiflorum is native to Persia and Southeast Asia and is also known as Catalonian jasmine and Spanish jasmine.

I got this jasmine in the photo few years ago in a Walmart garden center, and every Spring, it would be covered with beautiful, sweet-smelling white blossoms.

Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) | Source

Fragrant Columbine

Aquilegia fragrans

This fragrant flower which appears Spring until early Summer has the scent of honeysuckle and loves full sun and partially shaded locations.

Native to Western Himalayas, fragrant columbine is also called or known as sweet-scented columbine and grows 12 inches to 1.5 ft. The creamy, short-spurred flowers are large and they nods!

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Fragrant columbineThe sweet smelling beauties looks like swans in this angle.
Fragrant columbine
Fragrant columbine | Source
The sweet smelling beauties looks like swans in this angle.
The sweet smelling beauties looks like swans in this angle. | Source


Jasminum sambac

A small, white, sweetly fragrant flower. And because of its scented blossoms, the sampaguita is use into making leis for occasions such as graduations, welcoming guests and can be seen being sold near church entrances for religious offerings. Also known as Philippine jasmine, sampaguita is the National Flower of both the Philippines and Indonesia.

Growing as shrub, sampaguita grows for up to 2 meters and blooms all year round and has been a symbol or purity and love. According to one Philippine legend, the name of the flower, sampaguita, was derived from the word "sumpa kita," literally means "my pledge to you" or a vow between two lovers. The word later turned into sampaguita.

Sampaguita flowers.
Sampaguita flowers. | Source


Ipomoea alba

With flowers measuring 6 inches across either white or pink, moon flower plants can reach a height of 15 feet. And as the name says, the blooms of this plant opens at night releasing a sweet fragrance.

Moonflower is a quick climber with its seeds being poisonous when ingested.

Moon flowers
Moon flowers | Source

Mock Orange Flowers


A shrub growing up to 10 ft. that produces white four-petaled flowers. And because it smells and looks like orange flowers, the plant got its name mock-orange.

Grown as ornamental garden plant, mock-orange appreciates full sun and can be grown in partial shades as well and blooms late Spring until early Summer, with its fragrance scenting the air.

Mock-orange flowers
Mock-orange flowers | Source

Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana sylvestris

A member of the tobacco family, the flowers are tubular in shape. Nicotina sylvestris enjoys either full sun or partially shaded areas and is considered as the largest flowering tobacco. It is related to the common tobacco but the flowering tobacco is only grown for its fragrance, something that mostly everyone will love. Nicotiana flowers come in colors of pink, purple, yellow and red aside from white.

Nicotiana sylvestris might be the largest flowering tobacco plant, but its scented flowers are worth it as the other small varieties appears to have less fragrant in comparison. Two other names the nicotina sylvestris is known for are Woodland Tobacco and being native to South America as South American Tobacco reaching up to 5 ft. in height.

And for those who loves hummingbirds, you can enjoy the fragrance and the hummingbirds could enjoy the nectar as the flowering tobacco attracts these birds.

Flowering tobacco
Flowering tobacco | Source

Blue Bells


A perennial, bluebells are sweet scented flower carried by the long stalk that measures about 20 inches. These bluish- to lavender beauties is a frequent a garden plant and also comes in white and pink colors.

Native to the Atlantic areas, the bluebell is also known as bell bottle, fairy flower, British bluebell, wild hyacinth and wood bell.

Bluebells | Source

Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennes

Just like moon flowers, the evening primrose only blooms during nighttime. The plant itself, reaching 5 ft. tall in height is also used in medicines.

Flowers are in colors of white, pink and yellow and is also known as suncups or sundrops.

Evening primrose
Evening primrose | Source

Chinese Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis

Chinese wisteria is a woody vine that blooms every Spring in various colors such as purple, white and pink. Though they are vines, they can be shaped as a small. Wisteria prefers full sun.

Named after Dr. Caspar Wistar, while there were some statements that it was after Charles Jones Wister, the wisteria flowers are pendulous and the Chinese wisteria (wisteria sinensis) is one of some variety that blooms fragrant flowers.

Chinese wisteria
Chinese wisteria | Source

Wisterias are considered invasive climbers as they can go after anything they can climb on in a counter-clockwise motion and can reach for up to 70 ft. in height.

The beautiful 150 year-old wisteria found in Japan.
The beautiful 150 year-old wisteria found in Japan. | Source



My favorite so far. Pick some blooms and uplift your mood with the calming scent of the lavender. I have the lavandula dentata and love the smell of lavender flowers and add to it that purple is one of my favorite color, the day I saw a lavender plant at Walmart garden center, I want it. I had my first lavender in a pot and when I saw a hummingbird paying a visit to the lavender, with its flapping wings almost close to the pavement, I decided to put the pot close to the glass sliding door for a much closer view in case one decided to go for this scented blooms again.

Lavender | Source

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • What is the most fragrant flower?

    I find it hard to answer that question. Some flowers are more fragrant than the others, but to pick just one flower as the "most" fragrant of all is difficult. But, if I had to pick, I would choose ylang-ylang, night blooming jasmine, and lavender.


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      4 weeks ago

      Do you know that I love Blue bells?

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      @ drbj: It is :) Wow! That wisteria is way older than both my grandparents or anybody else I knew in my family. Thank you for dropping by :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Your photos are lovely, precy, and your descriptions educational. Thank you. That wisteria in Japan is absolutely awesome!

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      @ Anna141: Thank you! :)

      @ Aviannovice: Wow! That's nice you got some mock-orange. You must be enjoying the fragrant flowers. :) Because of this fragrant flowers hub, I thought would be nice to have a fragrant flowering garden but I'm not gonna have enough space. ^.^'

      @ Minnetonka Twin: And thank you for dropping by. Appreciate the comment :)

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      wow, what beautiful pictures and information about flowers. My two favorites are the Moon flower and the Wisteria. Thanks for the informative and enjoyable hub.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great flowers. There was a very old mock orange that grew in front of the house in Maine. If you cut it down, it would come back up. I cut it down to paint the house one year, and also to this it out and remove the deadwood. It was back in full glory in 2 years.

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      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      I must say precy anza it was my pleasure keep the flowery hubs coming! take care pam.

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      precy anza 

      6 years ago from USA

      @ Snakelane: Thank you! I would have to continuously add more as Mr. Google keeps on showing more scented flowers! ^-^' The wisteria is really pretty and once I'm so tempted to get seeds but learned it will take much time for it to bloom so i'll just enjoy the online photos!

      @ Pamela-anne: It does look great! And would be nice to be under its gorgeous, scented blooms. Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      6 years ago from Miller Lake

      Great hub precy anza loved all the wonderful pics my favorite by far is the picture of the Chinese Wisteria that is 150 yrs old wow does it look great for its age that's what I call a natural beauty! Thanks for sharing! take care pam.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great page on fragrant flowers precy anza. Too bad Hub pages doesn't have a scent button. The photos are lovely. The chinese wisteria is so awesome. I didn't know about the scented columbine, it does look like swans. Voted up. Regards, snakeslane


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