gardenia[gär dēn′yə, -dē′nē ə]
A gardenia bloom.
Origin of gardeniaModern Latin 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. In both senses also called Cape jasmine.
Origin of gardeniaNew Latin Gardenia, genus name, after Alexander 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).