Carolina Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens

Vigorous growing twining vine displaying fragrant, bright yellow flowers late winter into early spring. Great on trellis, arbor or over fences and walls. Also used as a mounding groundcover. Evergreen to semi-evergreen. Full to partial sun. To 20 feet long with support. Cutting grown.
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Botanical Pronunciationjel-SE-mi-um sem-per-VY-renz
Average Size at MaturityFast growing vine; twining stems climb 20 ft. tall with support.
Bloom TimeLate Winter to Early Spring
Design IdeasThis emerald green vine is famous for adapting to chain-link fences. It climbs up quickly without training and then cascades off the opposite side to create a waterfall of bright yellow blossoms in spring. It can disguise fences around tennis courts, swimming pools and even corrals. Often combined with other deciduous flowering vines to extend its season of color.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Woodland Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFruit Tree & Vine
Special FeatureEasy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Key FeatureFragrant Flowering Vine

Thrives in enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish extensive root system. Provide support such as trellis or arbor, or allow to ramble on the ground. Prune annually to control size. Sap may irritate; protect skin when pruning. Not fit for human or animal consumption.

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