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Carolina Jessamine

SKU: AM017343
per Plant - 3" Pot
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Carolina Jessamine, also called Gelsemium Jasmine, is a native vine beloved for brilliant displays of bright yellow blossoms on well-mannered vines. Blooming late winter to early spring with large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are sweetly fragrant and provide an early source of nectar to butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants are extremely resistant to deer damage, as all parts of the plant are poisonous. (Gelsemium sempervirens)
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Botanical Name
Gelsemium sempervirens
Growing Zones
Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Native, Naturalizes, Fragrant, Evergreen, Privacy
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Height
144-240" tall (12-20 feet)
Bloom Time
Mid winter to early spring


144-240" tall (12-20 feet) x 72-96" tall (6-8 feet) wide. Adored for its flush of blossoms early in the season, Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium Jasmine) also provides glossy, elongated foliage throughout the year. Plants are evergreen in southern gardens and semi-evergreen in more northerly regions, often developing yellow to purple hues in winter. Vines climb readily without training, but are not overly aggressive. (This vine will not swallow trees.) Provide a sturdy trellis or allow vines to scramble along fences and up arbors. Plants can also be naturalized as a groundcover on slopes and banks. Birds often nest or seek winter shelter among the dense growth. Plants can become top heavy or sparse with age. Rejuvenate by pruning vines soon after they finish flowering. Plants thrive in moist, well-drained soils, but tolerate a range of growing conditions and periods of drought. Plant in full sun for best flowering, though plants grow well in partial shade. Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous.