I bought this hardy looking plant but no one at the shop knew what it was as it had no labelling. Can anyone identify it so I can know how to best take care of it?



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    Hi and welcome to the site! Would you kindly tell us where you live? Knowing the region and climate can help people identify your plant. Feb 5, 2015 at 23:56
  • It looks as if its had a flower of some sort (bottom centre of picture) - any hint of petal colour or type of flower?
    – Bamboo
    Feb 6, 2015 at 13:40
  • What does it smell like?
    – Danger14
    Feb 6, 2015 at 17:35
  • Wasn't there a picture with a flower bud before the edit? Perhaps that should be included again? (I can't at the moment...)
    – Stephie
    Feb 8, 2015 at 7:43
  • I think it might be a Gardenia Jasminodes. @Sue, I live in Toronto, and right now it's snowy and cold ... but warm and generally humid in my apartment. The plant doesn't smell yet and the little buds are green. I think it's less dull than the photo makes it seem to be.
    – oseph
    Feb 8, 2015 at 18:24

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That's a Gardenia. They like acidic soil. Flowers are very fragrant!

  • Can you name some of the identifying features that make you think it's a Gardenia? That will help the asker a lot more. See our help center for more detail on how to write a great answer. Thanks!
    – J. Musser
    Feb 7, 2015 at 10:39
  • @user9750: I don't think this is a Gardenia, purely from the fact the leaves are not glossy, in fact, they're completely dull, so unless they're covered in dust, its unlikely to be Gardenia, although otherwise, I can see why you went for that.
    – Bamboo
    Feb 7, 2015 at 12:21
  • @user9750 I think so, too. The r/whatisthisplant subreddit seems to think the same.
    – oseph
    Feb 8, 2015 at 18:23

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