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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold-hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

South Carolina State Flower and State Bird

South  Carolina State  Flower and Bird

Carolina Wren ~ Thryothorus ludovicianus
This stocky songster resides as far north as Iowa, Illinois, and Connecticut in the breeding season, but in winter it withdraws farther south to the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. It is a bird of the thicket and undergrowth, whose whistled notes seem to say tea-kettle, tea-kettle or sweet-william, sweet-william.

Carolina Jessamine ~ Gelsemium sempervirens
The yellow Jessamine is also known as an evening trumpet-flower and Carolina woodbine. This woody climber, with its glossy, evergreen foliage and bright, deliciously fragrant flowers, is a characteristic feature of moist southern lowlands, and is often planted to cover banks, fences, and trellises. Beginning in early spring, the hanging stems of the vine are covered with masses of golden-yellow flowers. The blossoms, an inch or more long, are funnel-shaped, opening to five overlapping lobes. The fruit is made up of two joined sections, each containing a great many winged seeds.

From The Wildflowers of the 50 States U.S. stamps issued July 24, 1992:

South Carolina State Flower and Bird
South Carolina Wildflower - Bluets. Art from the 50-stamp series, State Birds and Flowers, issued April 14, 1982 simultaneously in all state capitals.
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