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Gelsemium sempervirens/Carolina Yellow Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens / Gelsemium sempervirens
Vine in full bloom on a cypress fence
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Vine in full bloom on a cypress fence

Close-up of bright yellow flowers

Mass of yellow flowers in early spring

Bell-shaped flowers

Mature vine in bloom growing out of control

Vine growing in a natural setting in its native state of South Carolina

Covering an overhead structure

Large number of flowers

Foliage and flower buds

Vine begins flowering at an early age

Oblong capsules contain the seed. The green, then yellow capsules turn brown in autumn, finally dehisce and release the seeds.

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Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Common Name: Carolina Yellow Jessamine
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet,
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Deer Resistant-Tolerant Plants
Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: One of the most fragrant spring flowering vines. It produces a large number of flowers, so many that the vine is concealed by the numbers of blooms. It can be used as a ground cover, on overhead structures, and fences. This vine may be semi-evergreen, particulary after hard freezes.