Double Shot® Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens & Gelsemium rankinii

This combination of well-mannered vines with offset bloom periods provides a spectacular display of bright yellow flowers throughout much of the year! Great on a trellis, arbor or over a fence or wall. Well-suited for use without climbing support as a mounding groundcover. Native to the southeastern United States. Evergreen to semi-evergreen.
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Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationjel-SE-mi-um sem-per-VY-renz, jel-SE-mi-um RAN-kin-eye
LoreThe genus Gelsemium was classified by French botanist, Antoine Jussieu and named it for the similarity to Jasmine. These plants contain a potent alkaloid similar to strychnine.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing vine; twining stems reach 10 to 20 ft. long.
Bloom TimeSpring, repeating late summer to fall.
Design IdeasUse this easy-to-grow vine on shade structures, fences and over gateways for an evergreen screen. Covers surfaces quickly and very well, but does not self cling. Good on chain-link fences and can easily cloak the fence around a tennis court.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeLong Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen
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.
Companion PlantsBougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Jatropha (Jatropha); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum); Blue Glorybower (Clerodendrum)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-9

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