Mysuru Mallige (Botanical name: Jasminum grandiflorum L.) of the Oleaceae family is the most popular among the three varieties of Jasmine endemic to Karnataka; the other two varieties being the Hadagali Mallige (Jasminum auriculatum Vahl) and Udupi Mallige (Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton). Famed worldwide for their fragrance, all the three flower varieties have been patented and registered under Intellectual Property Right.
Mysuru Mallige derives its name since it is grown mostly around Mysuru city and partly in Srirangapatna taluk in Mandya district in Karnataka state. The Jasmine’s association with the city of Mysore, the royal city of palaces, started with its patronization by the Wadiyars of Mysore, due to its fragrance. Mallige grows in profusion in the open areas either in exclusive farmland, in front or at the backyard of houses.
Mysuru Mallige, mostly grown in and around Mysuru city is a viable crop for small farmers. Farmers reap two crops of this seasonal flower. Apart from the local market, the flower is in demand in parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Where to buy : Devaraja Market – Mysuru