Wild Gardenia

wildekatjiepiering The fragrant, exquisite Wild gardenia, Rothmannia capensis (wildekatjiepiering, which translates as wildcat-saucer) has the miaowsical ability to make you feel happy! Or confused, if you are a kitty trying to lap up that creamy milk. Then you’d have a sick cat.  My cats have never tried to ingest the toxic flowers.


It also makes an attractive seed pod.(Thanks, Mom!)




Rothmannia capensis Thunb. Date 1803 Source Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, vol. 18: t. 690 (1803) [as Gardenia rothmannia L.f.] Author Sydenham Edwards (1768-1819) via Wikipedia, PD



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