If you have trouble spelling the word and do not know if the 5th letter is an i or an e, just remember that the flower was named for the Scottish-born physician and naturalist Alexander Garden. Then you are on your way to spell it correctly--just add "ia" at the end of his name.
The gardenia is one genus of 142 species of flowering plants of the coffee family.
If water touches the white blossom the blossom will turn the color of coffee.
It is native to tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia and Hawaii. Knowing this may remind you that they like warmth and humidity. Many people have difficulty growing gardenias in dry houses.
The gardenia is a symbol of America's southeast where it grows so well.
As in many flowers, there are common names. One of these is Cape Jasmine.
The gardenia is the national flower of Pakistan.
There are too many Asian gardenia cures for physical maladies to be mentioned here.
Sigmund Freud, the physician and founding father of psychoanalysis, said that the gardenia was his favorite flower. Hum..I wonder what he meant by that!?!