JimShy compiled the following information and accompanying list dealing with houseplants that are fragrant.
Posted by: JimShy z7 Brooklyn, NY (My Page) on Thu, Jun 10, 04 at 12:26
First, the FAQ inside the FAQ!
1. Fragrance is not a science – what smells fantastic to one person smells awful to another, or has no smell at all. This is partly genetic, partly personal, and wholly olfactory (sorry, couldn’t resist the Batman-style rhyme!), so there is simply no substitute for smelling the plant yourself. Don’t take our word for it, or anyone else’s, go with your own nose!
2. A lot of other factors go into the scent of a plant: whether it’s getting enough sun/fertilizer/water, the time of day, the age of the plant, etc. The exact same species can smell different from one individual plant to another. Some folks also think that moon phases, astrological alignments, sunspots, El Nino, Superthrive, eggshells, their grandmother’s tea, and the interest rate on 30 year Treasury bonds also play a role. The point is, if something seems to work for you, keep at it!
3. This list is not exhaustive, and will be added to from time to time.
4. There are plenty of scented plants that are not normally considered houseplants, which obsessed, er, dedicated growers are nevertheless trying to grow indoors. This list is mainly those plants that are known to be fairly good growers in the home. I also left out most, if not all, flowering bulbs that are usually purchased in bloom and thrown out when done. Fragrant bulb FAQ, anyone?
5. Plants smell their best when they are grown their best; take the time to learn the right care for your plant, and how it grows best in your home.
Ok, enough already, on to the list! Plants are listed by scientific name, followed by common name in parentheses.
Key: es = evening scented (after dark) ns = night scented (only late at night)
Acacia baileyana, dealbata, farnesina, longifolia
Aglaia odorata (Chinese perfume plant)
Allamanda cathartica, schotii (neriifolia) are mostly es
Alpinia: many of these have ginger-scented leaves and rhizomes
Araujia sericofera (Cruel plant)
Aristolochia (Dutchman’s Pipe): gigantea some other aristolochias are scented, but not in a good way!
Begonias: some hybrids are lightly fragrant – ‘Honeysuckle,’ ‘Jim Wyrtzen,’ Lenore Olivier,’ ‘Tea Rose,’ at least two species, solananthera and venosa, are more strongly scented
Bouvardia longflora (Fragrant bouvardia)
Brugmansias (Angel’s trumpets): most are fragrant (es), except for sanguinea and some of its hybrids
Brunfelsias: americana, jamaicensis and ‘isola’ are es, others are day-scented
Buddleja: most are scented, b. asiatica blooms in winter indoors
Bursera: fagaroides, macrophylla, simaruba all have scented leaves and wood
Callistemon citrinus (Bottlebrush): scented leaves
Cassia didimobotrya: leaves smell like buttered popcorn!
Cedronella canariensis (false Balm of Gilead)
Cestrum: aurantiacum, nocturnum (night blooming jasmine), parqui (all es), and diurnum, which is day-scented
Camellia: some sasanqua cultivars, sinensis, some hybrids – very difficult indoors
Citrus: all have scented flowers, often the leaves smell nice too – try some in a Thai curry!
Clerodendrum: bungeii, phillipinum, trichotomum (all get very big)
Coffea arabica (coffee)
Coleonema pulchra (Breath of Heaven): scented leaves
Cryptocereus anthonyanus (rick-rack cactus)
Datura (Angel’s trumpets): most species are fragrant (es)
Dombeya: wallichii, hybrids
Dracena fragrans (Corn Plant)
Duranta erecta: some cultivars are fragrant
Echinopsis: oxypetallum, other species and some hybrids (ns)
Epiphyllum (Orchid cactus): anguliger (es), crenatum, oxypetallum (ns), a few hybrids
Eucharis amazonica (Amazon lily)
Gardenias: see the gardenia mini-FAQ
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina jessamine)
Genista canariensis (Scented Broom)
Hedychium coronarium, gardnerii, some hybrids
Heliotropum arborescens (heliotrope): cherry pie fragrance
Herbs: many herbs are scented, of course, and many can be grown indoors – see the Herb Forum for suggestions
Hermannia verticillata (Honey Bells)
Hoyas: acuta, archiboldiana, australis, bella, carnosa, fungii, lacunosa, nummularioides (pubera), obovata, obscura, odorata, paziae, pubicalyx, serpens, shepherdii, tsangii, verticillata, and many more
Illicium floridanum (Florida Anise Tree): scented leaves
Ipomea alba (moonflower)
Ixora barbata, fragrans
Jasmines: almost all species are fragrant, except for mesnyi, nudiflorum, and rex.
Lantana camara: scented leaves
Magnolia coco: es
Malpighia glabra and punicifolia (Barbados Cherry)
Mandevilla laxa (Chilean jasmine)
Michelia figo fuscata, skinneri (Banana shrub), yunnanensis
Mitrostigmara auxillare (African gardenia)
Murraya: exotica, paniculata both called (orange jasmine), koenigii (curry)
Neomarcia gracilis (Walking iris)
Nyctanthes arbor-tristes: (es)
Orchids: many, many orchids are fragrant; here are just a few that are particularly good houseplants: brassavola nodosa, some mini-cattleyas, cymbidium "Golden Elf, " dendrobium kingianum, Neostylis "Lou Sneery," oncidium "Sharry Baby" (smells like chocolate!) See the Orchid Forum for more suggestions
Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet olive)
Pachypodium lamerei, saundersii
Pandanus odoratissimus (Screw Pine)
Passiflora: many are fragrant, including – alata, caerulea, helleri, phoenicia, trifasciata, and many hybrids.
Pelargoniums (scented geraniums): all scented-leaf geraniums have – guess what? – scented leaves
Pereskia aculeata (lemon vine): climbing, leaved cactus with lemon-scented flowers
Pittosporum: eugenioides, tobirum (mock orange)
Plectranthus: many species have scented leaves; some are very strongly scented (think kitchen cleaners)
Plumeria: most varieties are scented
Pogostemon hyeanus (patchouli): scented leaves
Polianthes tuberosa (tuberose)
Primula (Primrose): some modern hybrids are lightly scented
Psidium (guava): most varieties have scented flowers and lightly scented leaves.
Quisqualis indica (Rangoon creeper)
Reseda odorata (mignonette): scented flowers
Rhododendron: vireya species and hybrids; many are scented and can be grown indoors. Some smaller Maddeni-type cultivars might also fit indoors.
Rondeletia leucophyllum (es), splendens (ns)
Sanseveria: though not often seen, most snake plants have small, scented flowers
Senecio: confusus (mexican flame vine), pendularis,
Stapellia: flavopurpurea is the only species in this genus with a pleasant scent!
Stephanotis floribunda (Madagascar jasmine)
Tabernaemontana: divericata, holstii (Butterfly gardenia)
Tillandsia: yes, some air plants have scented flowers: crocata, duratii, straminea and some others – see the Bromeliad Forum
Trachelospermum: asiaticum, jasminoides (Confederate jasmine)
Verbena: some cultivars are scented
Vigna caracalla (Snail Vine)
Viola odorata (Scented violet)
Zingiber: culinary ginger (zingiber officianale) and some other species have scented leaves and rhizomes
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