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Saturday - August 02, 2008

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Seed and Plant Sources
Title: Where to purchase a non-native gardenia
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

Where can I buy a gardenia plant in south austin?

ANSWER:

Sorry, this is out of our line. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to the care and culture of plants native to North America. The gardenia is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia, Australisia and Oceania. We have a list of Native Plant Suppliers that you could check for Austin, but they all carry a majority of plants native to North America and particularly to this area.
 

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