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Carolina Jessamine

Carolina Jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens (el-SEE-mee-um sem-per-VYE-rens)
Evergreen - Sun - Vine
Spacing 4-8 inches

HABIT:  Climbing vine that needs support to start. Profuse yellow flowers in the early spring. Will sometimes bloom during warm spells in winter¡ªno problem.

CULTURE:  Well-prepared soil, good drainage, moderate water and fertilizer. Top of plant sometimes needs thinning to prevent a large mass from forming. Will grow in shade but not bloom well.

USES:  Climbing vine in full sun for arbors, fences, walls, screens. Early spring color. Should not be used as a groundcover.

PROBLEMS:  All parts of plant are poisonous, but not to the touch. Warn the kids not to fool with the flowers.

NOTES:  Is not a jasmine. Native to East Texas, Florida, and Virginia.

Note from a Reader: “The Longest Carolina in the World”, right here in Dallas, Texas.

I planted a Carolina jessamine 8 years ago and have woven the vines back and forth through the fence.  The pictures don’t do my jessamine justice.  You need to see it to believe it!   I had to take three pictures, so that you could see the entire vine, because it is so long.   It will be in full bloom within the week.  I have filed it with the Guinness Book of Records and am waiting to hear back from them.  W.M., Addison, TX


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