Definition of gardenia in English:


Syllabification: gar·de·nia
Pronunciation: /gärˈdēnyə


A tree or shrub of the bedstraw family, with large fragrant white or yellow flowers. Native to warm climates, it is widely cultivated.
  • Genus Gardenia, family Rubiaceae: several species, in particular the Cape jasmine
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  • Yellowing, twisted foliage with tiny webs appears on susceptible species including gardenias, scheffleras, ivy, and roses.
  • If you think about it, orchids, gardenias, heliconias, Birds of Paradise, and plumerias are all lovely additions to gardens in tropical areas.
  • Trees with white gardenias were planted as decoration in some areas to give the courtyard a more appealing atmosphere, rather than all of it being just stone and rock.


modern Latin, named in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden (1730–91), Scottish naturalist.

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