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Gardenia jasminoides 'Mystery'

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

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 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:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wormfood On Jul 26, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The most beautiful, purest white flower I've ever seen. I planted a clipping from a nursery plant and it rooted in wet peat and perlite. It grew very well until I planted it in the ground. Slowly withering and surely on it's way to death. So I ripped it out and washed off the roots, replanted in peat and perlite and it's growing fine.

Positive MotherNature4 On Jul 26, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

'Mystery' is an old cultivar that is always dependable and lovely when grafted. In central Florida, gardenias do not last very well on their own rootstock because of root knot nematodes. Don't waste money on plants that are not grafted.



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

Danbury, Connecticut
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Fountain, Florida
Homosassa, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Port Orange, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Venice, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Southport, North Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Scranton, South Carolina
Athens, Tennessee
Dandridge, Tennessee
Alvin, Texas
Baytown, Texas
Brazoria, Texas
Cedar Park, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Richmond, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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