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Growth Type Woody Shrub
Hardiness Zones 8-9
Planting Conditions Full Shade
TJ Documented Plant Yes

Native to the tropics and sub-tropics of the Old World, Gardenia jasminoides, was a popular greenhouse plant in the mid-nineteenth century. Linnaeus named the genus Gardenia for Alexander Garden in recognition of his contributions to botany. Thomas Jefferson requested in a letter dated August 9, 1788, to J. Banister, Jr. that "Gardenia" be sent, along with several other plants, to his friend Madame Tessé in France.

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Typical Blooming Dates: May-July
Blossom Color(s): White
Location at Monticello: East Lawn

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