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Swamp Jessamine

Gelsemium rankinii

Pronunciation: jel-SE-mi-um RAN-kin-eye
SKU #03816

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Description Prized vine for its spectacular display of bright yellow flowers and extra long blooming. Great on trellis, arbor or over fences and walls. Native to Southeastern U.S. Evergreen to semi-evergreen.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Keep soil moist but not soggy.
Blooms Spring, repeating in fall.
Mature Size Fast-growing vine to 10 to 20 ft. long.
Deciduous/Evergreen Semi-Evergreen
Special Features Attracts Hummingbirds, Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Fast Growing, Benefits Birds
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Habit Climbing
Flower Attributes Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Espalier, Privacy Screen
Design Ideas Use 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.
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green
Companion Plants Loropetalum (Loropetalum); California Lilac (Ceanothus); Chaste Tree (Vitex); Climbing Rose (Rosa); Wisteria (Wisteria)
Care 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.
Lore This rare, twining, evergreen vine is native to forested and swampy areas of the extreme southeastern United States. All parts of this plant can cause toxicity if ingested.

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