Gardenia, Cape Jasmine 'Radicans'

Gardenia jasminoides

Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Gardenia (gar-DEEN-ya) (Info)
Species: jasminoides (jaz-min-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Radicans
Additional cultivar information:(aka Prostrata)
Synonym:Gardenia angusta
Synonym:Gardenia augusta
Synonym:Gardenia florida
Synonym:Gardenia grandiflora
Synonym:Gardenia radicans




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

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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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

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Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

New Market, Alabama

San Anselmo, California

Auburndale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida(3 reports)

Ocala, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia(2 reports)

Milledgeville, Georgia

Ledbetter, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Easton, Maryland

Lucedale, Mississippi

Pascagoula, Mississippi

Bridgeton, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Matthews, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Bluffton, South Carolina

Florence, South Carolina

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Jackson, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Deer Park, Texas

Livingston, Texas(2 reports)

Hurt, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2009, gingern from Irvine, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I am always trying (and failing) to successfully grow gardenias in SoCal's alkaline soil, but I've had moderate success with this. I managed to keep it green and happy for several years in a container before it finally turned yellow, then brown, and croaked. I now grow them as annuals: buy them early Spring when they're covered in buds and toss into the green can in Winter.


On Aug 18, 2008, rntx22 from Puyallup, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this baby!! Very fragrant; when it blooms, it really puts on a show! It will be covered with tons of blooms all at once. Has smaller leaves than other gardenias, and grows in shrub form. My mom planted some at our house when I was little and they still perform after 20 years. We have them in the shade on the west side of the house, and they get a short period of filtered afternoon sun.


On Jun 28, 2008, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love this cute little gardenia!!! Will see if she over winters ok here in 7A. Bought one last year but put in a not so ideal location. These are more sensitive to direct sun. This one's planted beneath a dwarf tree and seems to love it!!


On Apr 25, 2008, BLC63 from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have two of these that I planted three years ago (in Raleigh NC) in an area of my yard where they receive morning sun and dappled shade through the afternoon. They have more than quadrupled in diameter, and have an incredibly high bud count this year (and last year as well). I give them a good watering with ironite and a good bit of magnesium mid-spring, and other than that provide little maintenance. Last year they bloomed twice--the second time in September. I just bought six more today. Incredibly hearty for a gardenia!


On Oct 2, 2007, reuter98 from Livingston, TX wrote:

This beautiful evergreen has survived temperatures from 7 - 105 F in my beds. Droughts and hurricanes have not discouraged it. Does best in full morning sun. A few plants gave me surprise blooms in late Sept. this year. I successfully propogate by layering low-lying branches with soil and mulch, then transplanting the rooted branch. Cuttings may die down, later sprout from the root.


On Aug 23, 2006, scbs471 from Jackson, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I was told that this type of gardenia would not winter well in the Aiken Co., SC area by many of the nurseries here - however my two bushes are in their third year and they are doing excellent. The small size of these beautiful bushes are perfect in my west facing border garden. ( I found these bushes at Lowes when I couldn't find at the nurseries I frequent.)


On Feb 15, 2006, sugarweed from Taylor Creek, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant sold as Dwarf Gardenia is a great little fragrant find and will surprise you by flowering when you least expect it.


On Feb 6, 2005, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

'Radicans' Gardenia is a dwarf creeeping variety with small leaves and double flowers, which are very fragrant. It is fairly hardy and withstands cold better than most double-flowered selections. Makes an attractive groundcover for a small area.
Also called Creeping Gardenia.