Carolina Jessamine - 3.5 inch Pots (Minimum Quantity: 25 Plants)
Carolina Jessamine - Gelsemium sempervirens - is a spectacular ornamental vine that is well-known throughout the South. Beautiful fragrant yellow flowers appear in early spring and sometimes in fall creating elegant garlands of yellow on arbors and pergolas.
Name(s): Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine, Wild Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower.
Flower Color: Bright yellow.
Bloom Time: Late winter, early spring, sometimes recurring in fall.
Foliage: Evergreen, semi-evergreen in cooler climates.
Height/Spread: 24 inches when prostrate, climbing to 40 feet or more.
Climate Zones: 7, 8, 9.
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Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade.
Soil Condition: Well-drained to dry, average to poor, pH 5.6 to 8.5.
Features: Drought tolerant, deer resistant, fragrant, bright yellow blooms.
Uses: Xeriscaping, native plant collections, trellises, arbors, ground cover, wall/fence cover, container gardens.
Comments: Common names include Carolina Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine, Wild Jasmine, Evening Trumpet Flower. Carolina Jessamine foliage (about 1 inch to 4 inches long) is elongated. Whether it is evergreen depends upon the climate. It is semi-evergreen in northern parts of its range. Motorists are sure to notice its bright yellow flowers as they travel along our highways in early spring as Jessamine festoons trees and shrubs. Mature height as a ground cover (see photos) is only 24 inches, but when allowed to climb, it will just keep on going.
Carolina Jessamine is cold-hardy in USDA climate zones 7 through 9. It flowers best in full sun, but will grow in full sun or shade in well-drained soil with average to poor fertility. Recommended soil pH covers a wide range: from 5.5 to 8.5. If planted in shade, it will find something to climb until it enjoys sunlight. Plants are drought tolerant when established, and deer resistant. Flowers are fragrant.
Gelsemium sempervirens is great for xeriscaping, native plant collections, trellises, arbors, ground cover, wall/fence cover and container gardens.
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