Gardenia jasminoides ‘Radicans’

(Gardenia, Trailing)

Size Price
3-GALLON $39.99

Hardiness Zones:

 10a  10b  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Small-leaved spreading cultivar with 1.5″ double white, ever-blooming, fragrant flowers.

A prostrate and spreading or horizontal form of gardenia that has become a favorite. This dwarf cultivar of Gardenia is much different from the species. Trailing Gardenia reaches a height of 2 to 3 feet and can spread 4 to 6 feet. This plant has an open, horizontal branching habit that makes it an attractive ground cover. It will not grow into a shrub as does the species. The small, dark lustrous green leaves generally occur on the stems in 3’s. The leaf veins of this cultivar are not as prominent as the species. The leaves are accompanied by one-inch, white, very fragrant flowers in the spring and summer.



Most gardenias are fairly adaptable shrubs tolerant of sun or semi-shade, and do best in a well-drained, humus-rich, acidic soil. Fall or spring is the best time for planting in warmer climates. Place in light to moderate shade, preferably with minimum competition from tree roots. Gardenias resent root disturbance. Use fertilizer for acid loving plants, and use iron compounds. Add plenty of organic matter, such as compost or ground bark to as large an area as possible. Mulch plants instead of cultivating. A good time to feed gardenias in these warm areas is mid-March, using an acid plant food, fish emulsion or blood meal. Fertilize the shrubs again in late June to encourage extra flowers on ever-bloomers or faster growth of young shrubs. Do not fertilize gardenias in the fall. Doing so will stimulate tender growth. Prune shrubs after they have finished flowering to remove straggly branches and faded flowers. Water gardenias regularly. Drip irrigating the shrubs will keep water off the foliage and blossoms and prevents leaf spots. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Gardenia, Trailing

Botanical Name

Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 10b, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun


to 3 ft.


to 5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color



3 gallon

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