Cape Jasmine (Gardenia jasminodies) is a fragnant flowering evergreen tropical plant. It is also known as common gardenia or cape jessamine. Cape Jasmine is one of the most favorite plants in gardens worldwide. It is native to Asia and is commonly found growing in Vietnam, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan and India. Its leaves are shiny green. The flowers are fragnant and white. This plant is widely used in gardens in warm temperatures and subtropical climates.
Cape Jasmine has be cultivated in China for at least a thousand years. It was introduced to English gardens in the mid 18th century. This evergreen shrubs has many varieties from low growing to large and long flowering forms. Cape Jasmine was first described by English botanist John Ellis in 1761 after it had been brough to England in the 1750′s. Cape jasmine is well known for its white flowers which bloom in spring and summer. The flowers are highly fragnant, and are followed by small oval fruits. It can be hard to take care of this evergreen shrub because it is considered as tropical plant and thrives in warm temperatures and humid enviroments. Making those conditions can be hard if not living in tropical latitudes.
Cape jasmine and other Gardenia species are often grown indoors and in green houses because of those reasons. This plant should be watered with non hard water and should be added some vinegar or lemon juice to the water to lower the pH of the water. Cape Jasmine is often used as a garden plant in warm temperatures and subtropical gardens. It can also be used as a hedge. There are many new cultivars of this evergreen shrubs which have a great resistance to cold climates. The fruit of the Cape jasmine is used as a yellow dye for clothers and food. Polynesian people in the Pacific islands use the fragnant flowers in their necklaces. The fruit is also used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat febrile conditions.