Gelsemium sempervirens

Carolina Jasmine, Carolina Jessamine, Carolina Yellow Jessamine, Evening Trumpetflower, False Jasmine, Gelsemium, Woodbine, Yellow Jasmine, Yellow Jessamine

  • Gelsemium sempervirens

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Growing Info

Scarification: none required
Stratification: none required
Germination: Sow in early spring in a warm greenhouse. Place two or three seeds in each pot, thinning to the strongest plant. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts and give them the protection of a cloche or cold frame until they are growing away strongly.

Gelsemium sempervirens, also known as Carolina jasmine or jessamine, is a beautiful twining vine native to warm temperate and tropical America. With its thin stems, it can grow to a height of 3-6 meters when given proper support. This evergreen vine features lanceolate, dark green leaves that add a touch of elegance to any garden.

Clusters of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers adorn the vine, with each individual flower boasting a vibrant yellow color, sometimes with an orange center. The flowers are not only beautiful to look at but also attract a variety of pollinators with their strong scent and nectar.

While Carolina jasmine is a popular garden plant, it is important to note that all parts of the plant contain toxic strychnine-related alkaloids, gelsemine, and gelseminine. Therefore, it should never be consumed. The sap of the plant may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. In fact, children have been accidentally poisoned by mistaking the flower's nectar for honeysuckle.

Despite these hazards, Carolina jasmine remains a favored choice for gardeners in warmer areas. It is often trained to grow over arbors or cover walls, adding a touch of beauty and sophistication to outdoor spaces. In fact, it is the official state flower of South Carolina.

Overall, Carolina jasmine is a stunning vine with fragrant flowers that can help beautify any garden. Its adaptability and tenacity, along with its glossy evergreen leaves and breathtaking flowers, make it a favorite in the suburban landscapes of the Southeast. However, it is important to exercise caution and avoid consuming any part of the plant due to its toxic nature.

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