Gardenia plant and flower

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gardenia is a genus of shrubs or small trees be­longing to the Madder family, Rubiaceae. Sixty species frow in the subtropics, most of them native to the astern Hemisphere. Gardenias have opposite leaves often arranged in threes. The large yellow or white flowers, noted for their waxy petals and sweet fragrance, grow in the axils of the branches. Some species are grown as hedges in southern United States; these bloom profusely from May to September. Gardenia thunbergia and Gardenia lucida, used extensively by florists in northern United States, are difficult to cultivate, requiring a hot, moist habitat with night temperatures of about 65°. Gardenias are propagated by cuttings, each of which has three to four buds. Their attractive blossoms are used in corsages, bouquets, and floral pieces.


Gardenia flowers

gardenia flower

What is a depressant?

A depressant is a drug that reduces the activity of various body functions. Some depressants such as anesthetics, sedatives, antiepileptics, narcotics analgesics, and some muscle relaxants, slow nervous and muscular activity by acting on the central nervous system. Tranquilizers are depressants that affect only part of the nervous system. They induce relaxation without causing total depression.

Facts about birthstones

Facts about birthstones
Did you know? The current assignation of stones to months was established in 1912