Henna: Lawsonia Inermis
Catherine Cartwright-Jones © 2004

Henna is Lawsonia Inermis, family Lythraceae

Henna cluster

Henna flowers in a cluster, similar to lilac blossoms. 
The flowers are intensely fragrant.

White henna flower  Pink Henna Flower
Yellow Henna Flower  Red Henna Flower
Henna flowers can be white, pink, yellow and red

The Lawsonia variant rubra has rose-pink colored flowers, and the variant miniata has reddish flowers

Henna Flowers
Single henna flower, side view

Henna Flower  Henna Flower  Henna Fruit 
The fertilized henna flower drops its petals and grows the henna fruit, full of seeds.

Henna Blossoms are so fragrant, they've been used in perfumes since 1500 BCE.  They were the Prophet Mohammed's favorite scent. Henna flower attars are called Gulhina Attar and are produced commercially in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Click HERE to investigate Henna Flower Perfumes

For more information on cultivating and using fresh henna, see:

Return to the Index of Henna: Lawsonia Inermis


Abid & Company (Pvt) Ltd.
Lahore, Pakistan: Jamila Henna

Bakshi, G
Flora of the Murshidabad District, West Gengal
Scientific Publishers, Jodhpur, India, 1984
Hepper, N., and Friis, I.

Field, H.
Body Marking in Southwestern Asia
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1958

Hepper, N., and Friis, I.
The Plants of Pehr Forsskal's "Flora Ageyptiaco-Arabica"
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in association with the Botanical Museum, Copenhagen

Shanks, H.
In the Temple of Solomon and the Tomb of Caiaphas
Biblical Archaeology Society 1993

Shelmerdine, C
The Perfume Industry of Mycenaean Pylos
Paul Astroms Forlag, Goteborg, 1985

Zecharia Douri

Eshkol ha Kofer

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