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Cape Jasmine

Gardenia jasminoides

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.

Growth Type: 
Woody Shrub
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Shade
Blooming History: 
2003 May 13 to 2003 Aug 282004 May 1 to 2004 Jul 192005 May 2 to 2005 Jul 202006 May 19 to 2006 Aug 172007 May 15 to 2007 Jul 202007 Sep 28 to 2007 Oct 122008 May 2 to 2008 Jul 112009 Jun 11 to 2009 Jul 222011 Jun 7 to 2011 Jul 222012 May 24 to 2012 Jul 202016 Aug 1 to 2016 Sep 5
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