Origin of gardeniaModL, after A. Garden (1730-91), American botanist
- Any of various tropical shrubs and trees of the genus Gardenia, especially G. jasminoides, native to China, having glossy evergreen leaves and large, fragrant, usually white flowers.
- The flower of any of these plants. Also called In both senses also called Cape jasmine .
Origin of gardeniaNew Latin Gardenia genus name afterAlexander Garden
From New Latin, after Scottish naturalist Dr. Alexander Garden.
Named by botanist Job Bicknell Ellis (1829-1905) after Scottish physician and botanist, living in South Carolina, Alexander Garden (1730-1791).