Gardenias have very beautiful, fragrant flowers. Click here to obtain a smell of a gardenia flower (this feature only works using Microsoft Internet Explorer). Too bad the detail on this flower isn't too clear. Often, the pretty gardenia flowers (such as the one seen above) are from a species which are grafted onto a root stock from another species that establishes itself more quickly than the species that would produce this flower. Although, from what I've read, the root stock is not as tolerant of cold.
I purchased this gardenia from a local greenhouse (the same one from which I bought the 2 carnivorous plants). I initially bought one from Lowe's, but it had spider mites, and let me tell you, those guys are HARD to get rid of. They are very small (you have to use a magnifying glass to see them; if you can see an insect without one, it is likely not spider mites) and form what look to be spider webs on the plant. If you see spiderwebs on your plants, but no spider and no evidence of Tobey Maguire, get a magnifying glass and look underneath your leaves. This gardenia also had spider mites, but I purchased it at a time when I could leave it outside and so at the very least not spread the spider mites to my other plants.
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