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Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines. While believe to be a transplant, originating from South Asia (i.e., India), Sampaguita, for many reasons became integral in Filipino life and culture.

Sampaguita, in the romantic Filipino soul, evokes the essence of true love -- "Sumpa Kita", thus the Filipino name, "Sampaguita" -- embodied  various Filipino folklores.



Sampaguita Collage by Wilma Mack.

[Click the image to view a larger version of the Sampaguita collage.]


Sampaguita blooms several times a year, but requires a certain degree of warmth, sunlight and rain more typical among countries in South Asia,  where the Jasmins were endemic, and  Southeastern Asia.




Sampaguita Blooms in Japan

Sampaguita would perish outdoor during winter in temperate countries, like Japan. It would require great care indoors -- light, warmth and moisture -- not only to survive the winter, and bloom the coming Spring and Summer.


Sampaguita Blooms in the Home of Wilma Mack

The images below documented the painstaking efforts of Wilma Mack to grow sampaguita in her home in Japan.


Sampaguita at early Flowering Stages [7 images]


Sampaguita Early Buds Emerge [4 images]


Sampaguita in Full Bloom [5 images]


The images shown above were those of the Sampaguita plant during the first year of growth.  Usually, there would only be a few flowers during the early years. Under the right conditions, as the  plant matures over the years, the Sampaguita would produce more flowers.


In places like Japan, the Sampaguita plants have to be kept in pots so that they could be brought indoors as the temperature drops, especially during Winter.  Wilma and  Moemoechi intimated that the Sampaguita plants have to be kept inside a plastic tent  with heat and artificial illumination (flourescent light), and watered regularly.



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