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Gelsemium sempervirens

Carolina Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens is an evergreen, native to Virginia, south to Florida and over to Texas.  Green leaves are elongated, 1" - 4".  Carolina jessamine has yellow, fragrant, tubular blooms, 1.5" long.  Blooms late Winter/early Spring.  Blooms best in Full Sun.  May bloom again in the Fall but less profusely.  Prefers moderately moist, well drained soil.  Tolerates most soil conditions and is drought tolerant once established.  It is a twining vine climbing up to 20'.  Sprawling unsupported it can be used as a bushy ground cover for slopes or banks for erosion control.  Cut back after blooming to maintain a neat coverage.  Mature prostrate height 3', climbing height 20'

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  • Sun to Part Shade
  • Evergreen - Native in the Southeast
  • Fragrant, Yellow Flowers in Spring
  • Good choice for covering trellises, arbors and fences
  • Drought Tolerant once established
  • Adapts to most soil conditions
  • Erosion control
  • State flower of South Carolina
  • Height: 36 Inches
  • Hardiness Zone: 7-9
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Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Partial Sun
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Mass Planting
Heat Tolerant
Spring Bloomer
Ground Cover
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Foliage Color
Soil Moisture
Average Water
Well Drained Soil
Moist, Well-Drained
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens from Classic Groundcovers