Any of several flowering evegreen shrubs of the genus Gardenia. One plant, Gardenia jasminoides, native to China, is popular with gardeners for its large sweet-smelling flowers. A orange colorant extracted from its large fruits has been used as a dye.
Synonyms and Related Terms
cape jasmine; Gardenia jasminoides; Gardenia angusta
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Gardenia." Encyclopdia Britannica. 9 Sept. 2004 .