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Gardenia jasminoides 'Shooting Star'

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Gardenia (gar-DEEN-ya) (Info)
Species: jasminoides (jaz-min-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Shooting Star

Synonym:Gardenia angusta
Synonym:Gardenia augusta
Synonym:Gardenia florida
Synonym:Gardenia grandiflora
Synonym:Gardenia radicans

One vendor has this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TreeSteward On May 3, 2012, TreeSteward from Tilton, NH wrote:

My wife bought this plant in the grocery store 4 years ago. We are in zone 4! I know, what was she thinking. Anyway, we keep it outside from June to late August then bring it into the living room after giving it a prune job. There it stays until early October. One of our friends has a solarium on the south side of her house and is kind enough to add it to her crowded collection of tender perennials till late April. About the only place it blooms is in the solarium. Right now it is in the living room taking up a space equal to a 3 X 4 foot cube. Every time the temperature outside gets above 55, out it goes for some fresh air. Any care suggestions for care under these circumstances? Bill Dawson, Treesteward

Positive Chantell On May 15, 2008, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Planted this little darling spring of 2007 - she's done great!! All kinds of new growth so far this year. My understanding is that she is hardy to at least 7A - we had a mild winter so I can't comment on that as yet but so far - so good. This one also appears to be more tolerant of direct sun then others I have.
Update: June 2010 - she's just about 4' tall now and COVERED with blooms - this after a fairly rough winter in 7A


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hammond, Louisiana
Tilton, New Hampshire
Conway, South Carolina
Hixson, Tennessee
Stafford, Virginia

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