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Gardenia jasminoides 'Fragrant Pathways'

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

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cjevans On Jan 22, 2009, cjevans from Ozark, AR wrote:

Plant with organic material and good drainage, needs acid soil, mulch in summer and winter, moderate water. Part shade best (morning sun okay) in south. Fertilize in spring and mid-summer w/acid fertilizer. Beautifully fragrant flowers in summer. Love this plant.

Negative carlos124 On Oct 6, 2007, carlos124 from Haverhill, MA wrote:

I purchased 4 of this plant as park seed suggested to perfume the entrance to the house calling it I believe a heavenly scent. At first blush the blooms smell somewhere between an overripe jasmine flower and a crushed beetle, a very pungent smell, almost a formic smell. Not very pleasant...However It may, when placed out in the sun and with some growth turn out to be different but so far I am disappointed in the scent of this plant which is its main feature.
As an example I have had honeysuckle, lornica for five years now and it has just this year begun to have a wonderful scent. I live in zone 6 and plan on overwintering the jasmine indoors and hope for a better experience next summer. The tiny foliage is very pretty and compact so as a ground cover it might do fine.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This gardenia is being touted as a ground cover gardenia because it reaches only 8-10" high. This sport of 'Radicans' was developed at Gilbert's Nursery in Chesnee, SC. Reputed to be VERY fragrant.


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

Ozark, Arkansas

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