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.
Any of a genus (Gardenia) of chiefly subtropical Old World plants of the madder family, with glossy leaves and highly fragrant, white or yellow, waxy flowers.
Origin of gardenia
Named by botanist Job Bicknell Ellis (1829-1905) after Scottish physician and botanist, living in South Carolina, Alexander Garden (1730-1791).