Gardenias, also known as Gardenia jasminoides, have over 200 species and belong to the coffee plant family, Rubiaceae. Keep reading to learn more about their origin, meaning, and some interesting facts!


Gardenias are originally from the tropical and subtropical areas in Africa, Asia, and Australia. Traders also discovered them growing in China, Korea, and Japan. Gardenias are evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark green leaves and white or pale yellow flowers. Many species are known for their sweet and intoxicating scent. Gardenias were named after botanist Alexander Garden, who was the first person in the US to successfully grow gardenias outdoors.


  • Gardenias are the national flower of Pakistan.
  • It’s said that the Biblical figure, Solomon, offered a gardenia flower each morning to each of the women in his harem to avoid jealousy and favoritism.
  • The fruit of the gardenia is sometimes used in Chinese medicine.
  • If water touches gardenia flowers, the petals will turn a coffee-colored brown.


Gardenias have a rich history and have many meanings. They symbolize honor, feminine beauty, faithful love, shyness, trust, clarity, purity, and innocence. They can also be a sign of good taste and good manners, as well as symbolizing the charms of femininity. Timeless and elegant, gardenias make for a gorgeous addition to any bouquet. Be sure to ask your local florist to use gardenias the next time you send flowers!

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