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Carolina Jessamine

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Carolina Jessamine

Yellow Jessamine or Jasmine / False Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens

  • Origin: Florida Native
  • Height: up to 25’
  • Width:  3’ – 6’
  • Long-lived twining evergreen perennial vine with showy, yellow flowers and interesting foliage
  • Bright, fragrant, funnel-shaped, yellow flowers up to 1.5” long appear either solitary or in clusters (cymes) in late winter to early spring, lustrous dark green leaves
  • Grow as a vine on a trellis, arbor, pergola, fence or wall or plant to grow up a tree, sometimes used as ground cover, but does not bloom as well, may be grown in a container where allowed to drape over the sides
  • Prefers full sun to partial shade, moist well-drained soil, cold and heat tolerant, USDA hardiness zones 8A – 9B
  • Provides nectar and pollen for butterflies, hummingbirds
  • No serious insect or disease problems
  • Note:  Sap can be a skin irritant for some individuals and all parts of the plant contain strychnine-related toxins and are poisonous. Recent research suggests that the plant’s nectar may also be toxic to honeybees if gathered in large amounts (UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions)