Double Shot® Jessamine
Double Shot® Jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens & Gelsemium rankiniiItem #1727 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 9
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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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.Average Landscape Size:Fast growing vine; twining stems reach 10 to 20 ft. long.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:jel-SE-mi-um sem-per-VI-renz, jel-SE-mi-um RAN-kin-eyePlant type:Vine - Requires SupportDeciduous/evergreen:Semi-evergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing vine; twining stems reach 10 to 20 ft. long.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Spring, repeating late summer to fall.Flower color:YellowDesign 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.Companion PlantsBougainvillea (Bougainvillea); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Jatropha (Jatropha); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum); Blue Glorybower (Clerodendrum)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
- History & LoreHistory:Both species of Gelsemium are native to the southeastern U.S., most notably the Carolinas. G. sempervirens bloom times range from late winter to early spring; G. rankinii blooms in spring and repeats in late summer to fall.Lore:The 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.