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Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans Variegata'

Family Name: Rubiaceae
Full Sun: 6-8h Moderate Water Butterfly Food Plant Roadside Tree / Palm Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Woody


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub (Woody)
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Exotic

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A low-growing shrub with horizontal branching, growing up to 60 cm tall and spreads up to 1.2 m wide.
Foliage The leaves are small, elliptic to oval-shaped, grayish green with creamy white on the leaf edges.
Flowers Double-petalled flowers are small (up to 2.5 cm in diameter) and very fragrant.
Cultivation This plant blooms best under full sun but also tolerates partial shade. It grows best in well-drained soils (pH 5.5 - 6) and rich in compost. Mulch the plants with compost to prevent the soil from drying out. Fertilize plants regularly to promote blooming.
Etymology The genus Gardenia is named after Dr. Alexander Garden, a doctor who studies on plants and animals. The specific epithet jasminoides means similar to Jasmine, by reference to the jasmine flower's fragrance.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Container Planting, Flowerbed / Border, General, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Roadside Tree / Palm
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Butterfly Food Plant
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Cream / Off-White, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Green, Cream / Off-White, White
Young Flush Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical, Oval)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire, Entire - Wavy / Undulate
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute, Acuminate
Foliar Base Acute, Attenuate

Non - Foliar and Storage

Stem Type & Modification Woody

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality 1 Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Texture(s) Smooth
Flower Grouping Solitary
Flower Location Terminal
Flower Symmetry Radial
Individual Flower Shape Tubular
Flowering Period Free-Flowering

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Master ID 33594
Species ID 8008
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Species record last updated on: 26 August 2021.