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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

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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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