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- Common name:
- Gardenia Species
- Regional name:
- Bengali - Gandharaj, Hindi - Gandharaj, Oriya - Gandharaj, Sanskrit - Gandharaj, Telugu - Gandharaj, Marathi - Anant
- Rubiaceae or Ixora and Pentas family
Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants native to Asia and Africa. Gardenias are popular ornamental plants due to their fragrant white or cream-colored flowers and glossy green leaves. They are evergreen shrubs that can grow up to 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide.
Gardenias prefer well-draining, acidic soil with a pH between 5.0 and 6.5. They require plenty of sunlight, but also need protection from direct, intense sunlight. They should be watered regularly, but the soil should not become waterlogged. Fertilize monthly with an acid-based fertilizer during the growing season.
Gardenias are relatively low-maintenance, but they do require some attention. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring, and dead flowers should be removed regularly to promote new growth. Gardenias are also susceptible to pests such as scale insects and mites, which can be controlled with insecticidal soap.
In addition to their ornamental value, gardenias have many health benefits. The flowers contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects, and they are also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestive and respiratory problems. Gardenias are also a popular fragrance in perfumes and candles due to their sweet, floral scent.
Overall, gardenias are an attractive and fragrant addition to any garden. With proper care, they will bloom consistently and add beauty and fragrance to your landscape.