Common gardenia is also called cape jasmine, and it is a low-growing evergreen shrub native to China. Gardenia is considered hardy in zones 8-12. This plant is best planted outdoors in the south and for northern climates in pots or containers. The beautiful white flowers of this plant have an intoxicating scent that is loved by many.
Spiritual and Magickal Usage:
- The blossoms symbolize love, devotion, spiritual connection, and purity.
- Place fresh blooms on healing altars to aid healing spells and other healing magick.
- Add gardenia to incense to increase the feelings of peacefulness, reduce stress and anxiety, and bring sweet dreams.
- In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the gardenia berry kernel is used to make a paste for treating redness and swelling for rheumatoid arthritis.
- In aromatherapy, gardenia is often used for the reduction of anxiety and tension from its calming effect.
- The extract has been used to treat and prevent gastritis.
Common gardenia prefers full sun to partial shade with moist, rich soil that is slightly acidic. Sow these seeds in the spring. Place the seeds on the surface of the surface and cover lightly to about one-quarter-inch of soil covering the seeds. Tamp down securely and keep them evenly moist and warm until germination. Germination can take 30-60 days. Seedlings can be worked up in successively larger pots until they are large enough to withstand landscape, space your shrubs three feet apart.
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One packet of 50 common gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) seeds.