Jasmine are vines that come from the East. The generic name is of Arabic origin, in turn derived from Persian, yasamán, ‘gift from God’. The perfume of its flowers has granted it in many cultures an important ornamental value.
It is presumed that the primrose jasmine was introduced into Europe from China in 1844. However, an important Islamic scholar of agriculture from the late twelfth and early thirteenth century, the Sevillian Ibn al-'Awwam, talks about the different types of jasmine then cultivated, and including references a jasmine that is yellow: There are five types, one with white flower, another yellow, non-aromatic, but similar in their scent to the azurronada apple; another brown, and a purple, which are from horticulture. Wild are two: one with yellow flower, and another with white, considered sacred in Africa and Syria, all of which are planted and grown in the same way.