The gardenia is a beautiful flower known for it’s intoxicating aroma – this is perhaps one of the most identifiable floral bouquets, and makes a gorgeous multi-sensoral addition to any arrangement. Named for Dr Alexander Garden, a Scottish-born naturalist, the gardenia consists of 142 species of flowering plants. It is actually an evergreen shrub that is related to the coffee plant, and is found primarily in tropical climates.
The gardenia flower is a single bloom that results from a single bud, with soft, snowy white petals. White, of course, is most often reminiscent of purity and innocence; the gardenia bloom has several symbolic meanings most often associated with romantic love. The gardenia conveys the message that you think the recipient is as lovely as the flower, and also represents a secret love. Gardenias are popular for weddings floral arrangements due to their meaning, their lavish blooms and their amazing aroma. As a matter of fact, the ancient Greeks actually thought that by deeply inhaling a gardenia’s scent, you would be transported to a sweet, joyful heavenly state. The ancients may have been onto something, as the gardenia is often used in aromatherapy as an anti-stress element.
The gardenia has also been reported to have some varied medicinal qualities. Some say its leaves, fruits and flowers can be combined with other ingredients to treat the common cold; while when made into a tea, people have reported relief from congestion and a lowering of bad cholesterol levels. The gardenia also has anti-oxidant qualities, and because it is not toxic to humans, can be used as a garnish in salads. When formulated into an oil or cream, the gardenia extract can be utilized externally with inflammation.
But for all its uses, the gardenia remains popular primarily for its beauty and aroma. If you are looking for a delicate flower that will elegantly grace any event, the gardenia is a gorgeous choice. Come into Central Square Florist of Cambridge to learn more about this and many other floral choices for all your special occasions.