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Gardenia augusta Cape jasmine Kaca piring Rubiaceae
 

Gardenia augusta, Cape jasmine, Kaca piring

 

Gardenia augusta, Cape jasmine, Kaca piring

Gardenia augusta is the best known species of the genus, an evergreen, glossy-leafed shrub from southern China, though long supposed native to the Cape of Good Hope, hence the name Cape jasmine.
It is almost always seen in gardens and flower shops in one of its double-flowered cultivars, all with white, strongly perfumed flowers which change to pale yellow as they age.
The best known is Florida, a 3 ft (1 m) tall shrub with flowers about 3 in (8 cm) wide; Magnifica is larger in all its parts though less generous with its flowers; Radicans is almost prostrate, with small flowers and leaves.
Flowers appear over a long season from late spring.
Cultivation: They need well-drained, slightly acidic soil and prefer light shade.
Generous water in the warmer months and a regular dressing of compost and fertilizer ensures good flowering and keeps foliage a deep glossy green.
Gardenias are easily propagated from cuttings .

   

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