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Favorite SB Floral Fragrance
updated: Jul 29, 2014, 10:00 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Am enjoying the fragrance from the one ginger plant in my back yard. What is your favorite floral fragrance in Santa Barbara? Pittosporum, gardenia, jasmine...?

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 COMMENT 540344 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:07 AM

Love the scent of pittosporum flowers, hate the seeds.

 

 COMMENT 540350 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:20 AM

Equinnus Rusticanas - "road apples" following the Fiesta parade. :)

 

 COMMENT 540351 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:22 AM

Jasmine!

 

 COMMENT 540352 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:22 AM

Jasmine. Also I believe the Jacarandas give off a lovely scent. Seems so anyways.

 

 COMMENT 540353 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:23 AM

Roses--such as Lincoln--that have not had their scent bred out of them to produce abundant blooms.

Magnolia and trumpet flowers--intoxicating.

 

 COMMENT 540354 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:24 AM

Pittosporum!! I've never smelled that fragrance anywhere like Santa Barbara...the scented air throughout the City
at times is heavenly.

 

 COMMENT 540355 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:25 AM

Love the jasmine, summer and winter. It is the smell I remember about Santa Barbara summer from when I was a kid.

 

 COMMENT 540358 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:27 AM

honeysuckle

 

 COMMENT 540359 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:27 AM

Driving past Super Cucas on the Westside. I can almost taste the nachos through my vents. Windows down it can be almost 'nother level type experience.

 

 SYVPEANUT agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:34 AM

Not flowers but I love the smell of sage after a rain. Riding through a grove of Bay Laurel trees, ahhhh heavenly!

 

 COMMENT 540364 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:36 AM

Orange blossoms

 

 COMMENT 540370 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:48 AM

Eucalyptus on Barker Pass Road - Reminds me of my childhood!

 

 COMMENT 540378 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:03 AM

jasmine

 

 COMMENT 540385 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:07 AM

Lemon blossoms, especially at dawn or dusk.

 

 COMMENT 540386 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:07 AM

Money

 

 MYOPINION agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:11 AM

Orange blossoms. But it's hard to pick just one!

 

 COMMENT 540401 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:22 AM

Jasmine...it bothers my allergies the most!

 

 COMMENT 540403P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:24 AM

I used to enjoy the smell of marijuana from the old grow house at garden and Haley. It grew for medical patients. And I also enjoyed walking past the dispensaries in town... They were all shut down though. Although I did come across a really nice Indica plant the other day hiking in the wilds of SB. Was a beauty, smelled great, all the hairs were reaching out to grab some pollen to make seeds from. Smelled like a cross between blueberry jam and a pine forest. Very refreshing. I did not tamper with it, but definitely admired it :)

 

 _1_ agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:43 AM

Plumeria. Reminds me of Hawaii, but grows well here, too. You see big plants on the lower Eastside of SB.

 

 COMMENT 540410P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:46 AM

Datura (aka Angels' Trumpet), pittosporum and gardenia tie for first place and tuberose is a strong runner up favorite.

 

 COMMENT 540413 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:50 AM

Jasmine!

 

 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:10 PM

Jasmine, with eucalyptus a close second. When I was little, there were eucalyptus trees near our house on Edgecliff Lane and I'd gather up the seeds or nuts or whatever they are that fall from the trees, and leave them in my room because they smelled so nice.

 

 COMMENT 540432P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 12:33 PM

Jasmine & Wisteria albeit very short lived

 

 COMMENT 540445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:26 PM

Plumeria, in the frost freer parts of town.

 

 COMMENT 540446P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:31 PM

Lived here for decades until one day breezed by the wisterias on road past the Mission to Foothill - car window was down - wow - nice fragrance.

 

 COMMENT 540454P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:57 PM

Amaryllis belladonna, aka Belladonna Lily aka "Naked Ladies." Mine have all just popped up in my bone-dry back yard. Can't beat that scent, and flowers are only here for such a short time. (Don't know how these stalks can make it up through my compacted soil, what with this lack of rain.)

1st runner-up: Orange blossoms.

2nd runner-up: Zaluzianskya capensis 'Midnight Candy.' It's not a common perennial around here (buy at "Annie's Annuals"), but it smells kind of like cotton candy. Scent at night, only.

3rd runner-up: Those white-flowered hedges (some at NW corner of Carrillo & Castillo Sts.). Wonderful scent!

(Someone PLEASE put me out of my misery and tell me what those flowers/hedges are named. I can't remember!)

4th runner-up: Tie between Brugmansia and Plumeria.

 

 COMMENT 540456 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 01:58 PM

Definitely not the Jacarandas around town. Ew :(

 

 COMMENT 540466 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:24 PM

Do Christmas trees count?

 

 COMMENT 540477 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:45 PM

Hymenosporum flavum

 

 COMMENT 540480P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 02:54 PM

Plumeria blossoms and jet fuel.

 

 COMMENT 540497P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:07 PM

Carissa macrocarpa. Natal plum. Those flowers smell wonderful and the fruit is pretty tasty, too.

 

 COMMENT 540502P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 04:35 PM

There is a subtype of heliotrope that we have that smells wonderful. Sort of cookie dough meets vanilla in the garden.

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 05:53 PM

Ceanothus in the late winter and spring. Subtle and so distinctive.

 

 COMMENT 540520P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 06:17 PM

Jasmine, of course, but fennel reminds me of my childhood running around the foothills. I moved away for about 10 years, and when I came hit a wall of the scent and my entire childhood rushed back.

 

 COMMENT 540525P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 07:07 PM

Until this posting, I'd forgotten about the licorice type fragrance of Anise. It is subtle and the fronds can be used in salads.

 

 COMMENT 540526P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 07:12 PM

Just looked it up fennel and anise are the same plant.
The plants are delicate, beautiful - I've kept the same one in dry a arrangement for decades.

 

 COMMENT 540530 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 07:41 PM

We used to call the fennel in the fields "horse candy".

 

 COMMENT 540536 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:19 PM

Night blooming jasmine

 

 COMMENT 540538 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:28 PM

Jasmine for sure but also Lantana, Scented Geraniums, Eucalyptus, Pittosporum, Roses (Mission), Lavender. The year-round sweet woody eucalyptus be achy smell is so unique to SB that I could be blind-folded and know where I am.

 

 COMMENT 540541P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:40 PM

Had forgotten about the scent of Eucalyptus. Am remembering long ago at the edge of UCSB / Isla Vista a line of eucalyptus in the fog with the scent permeating the scene. Thank you 538.

 

 COMMENT 540542P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:43 PM

There's the February pretty sight of a yellow flower - forgot its name, that I'm allergic to. Very strong, almost burns the eyes.

 

 COMMENT 540543P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 08:47 PM

Acacias can be fragrant, they're also drought tolerant. Bright yellow flowers.

 

 COMMENT 540557P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:17 PM

Salvia (Allen Chickering or Winifred Gillman) - essential California!

 

 COMMENT 540560P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 10:53 PM

Just learned tuberose and plumeria are the same. Hard to find ones locally that last long or have the full effect of Hawaiian tuberose. Is pikake closely related to any of the fragrances already mentioned?

 

 SBSWEETPEA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-29 11:47 PM

Honeysuckle, love to pick some and put it in my bedroom.
I also love the smell of the daturas at Alice Keck Park.

 

 AQUAHOLIC agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 06:49 AM

Sweet Olive

 

 SWARFMASTER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 07:11 AM

Pachypodium lamerei, a cousin of plumeria, is very fragrant but uncommon.

 

 COMMENT 540586 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 07:37 AM

Jasmine!

 

 COMMENT 540589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 07:42 AM

1. Magnolia Grandiflora 2. Plumeria
3. Orange blossoms
4. Pittosporum

 

 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 08:45 AM

Tuberose and plumeria aren't the same plant. Tuberose grows from a bulb, is a perennial small plant, many small waxy flowers along a tall stem. The fragrance is similar, but not identical. They're often available in season at the farmers' markets, and sometimes there are bulbs for sale at the markets, too.
Here's a link to more info:
http://www.easytogrowbulbs.com/g-57-tuberose.aspx

 

 RONNIEB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 09:19 AM

Lemon blossoms! For awhile while I was a child we lived in Hope Ranch Annex. Across the creek in back of our yard there were miles and miles of lemon orchards. Glorious!

 

 COMMENT 540632 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 10:10 AM

I have five Cecile Brunner climing roses that are heavenly when they are in full bloom March/April/May.

 

 COMMENT 540671 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 11:34 AM

Lemon Eucalyptus. Like around WholeFoods

 

 COMMENT 540722P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 01:20 PM

The fragrant hedges are privet (Ligustrum?).

 

 COMMENT 540752 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 02:22 PM

Sorry-jasmine gives me migranes-my husband also. Eucalyptus smells like cat pee. Orange and lemon blossoms are great.

 

 COMMENT 540826P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 05:10 PM

Jasmine here too, the white with pink one.

Sweet peas. And a favorite I can't remember, tubular spring flowers, I think it starts with an "f", smells like sweet candy... Found it! Freesia. 502, I know that heliotrope scent, love it. I too like to nibble on fennel or rub it on my fingers.
I also like the smell of "Equinnus Rusticanas"

 

 COMMENT 540898 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-30 08:54 PM

A good blooming gardenia can absolutely slay your senses! Heavenly...

 

 COMMENT 541090 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-31 12:38 PM

Jasmine - I was allergic to it when I was younger, I hope not now. It is beautiful.

 

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