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botanical name:
Gardenia jasminoides
Gardenia jasminoides © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Cape Jasmine
synonyms:  Gardenia augusta, Gardenia florida, Gardenia grandiflora
family:  Rubiaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 2.00m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
main season: Summer
aspect: part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: 10°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
description:
Evergreen shrub or sometimes in the wild, a small tree, most often seen cultivated as a pot plant. Glossy deep green leaves usually arranged in whorls of 3. Beautiful, strongly fragrant, ivory white single or double flowers, up to 8cm across, in summer and autumn.

cultivation:
Fertile, humus-rich, well drained, lime-free soil in partial shade. Needs consistently warm temperatures and humidity, best grown under glass in temperate areas.

propagation:
From cuttings in spring or summer.

usage:
Shrub borders in warm climates or conservatory and greenhouse plant.

other notes:
The genus Gardenia was named after Dr. Alexander Garden, a Scot who lived in Charleston, Carolina, USA in the 18th centrury.

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