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GARDENIA jasminoides 'Radicans'

Image of Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Rubiaceae

Botanical Name

GARDENIA jasminoides 'Radicans'

Plant Common Name

Dwarf Gardenia, Gardenia

General Description

Dwarf Gardenia boasts the famously fragrant white flowers of the common gardenia but is better used as a groundcover and has smaller, finely-textured leaves. This China native has small double white flowers in the summertime.

Acidic, moist soils with good drainage with incorporated organic matter are this plant's needs. It should also be provided with full to part sun and good air circulation. This cultivar should be given a bit more protection from cold temperatures and winter winds in USDA zone 7. In clay soils, it seems to be fairly drought tolerant when established and not in a full sun exposure. 'Radicans Variegata' differs only in that the small leaves are lighter green in color with white markings. Whether used as a specimen plant, or a sweeping groundcover, in containers or in the front of a shrub border, dwarf gardenia is surely one plant to include in the garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Broadleaf Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Chocolate

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double, Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No