June 26, 2016
- gardenia (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : any of various Old World tropical trees and shrubs with leathery leaves and fragrant white or yellow flowers; also : one of the flowers
- How do you use it?
- Gardenias are my grandmother's favorite flower not only because of their beautiful white petals but also their wonderful fragrance.
- Are you a word wiz?
How do you think the plant and flower known as the "gardenia" got its name?Your words skills go beyond garden-variety if you chose C! Alexander Garden, born in Scotland in 1730, was a physician who had a deep interest in collecting and studying the natural world. In the 1750s he moved to South Carolina where he practiced medicine. While there, he collected samples of local plants and animals which he often sent to the famous Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus. Linnaeus named a plant after Garden, though it wasn't one of the specimens that Garden sent. Instead Linnaeus used the physician's surname to name the plant that was then known as "Cape jasmine," dubbing it the "gardenia."