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Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens
Carolina jasmine, false jessamine

Common name Carolina jasmine, false jessamine
Family loganiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z7-9)
Flowers yellow
Size vine to 20'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry

Evergreen vine with dense foliage of glossy-green leaves along wiry stems. The fragrant flowers appear in late winter to early spring. We planted ours along the fence behind our back yard, where it should get the sunshine it needs to thrive. We purchased ours in April when it was past its blooming prime. It bloomed no more that year, but it sure did a lot of growing, so that by the end of summer it was reaching for more support well above the fence and the trellis we gave it to climb on. It bloomed on the full vine in a nice show starting the next February. In the years since, it has become a vigorous contributor to the scene behind our pond, extending its reach bit by bit, and always an impressive mass of bloom in early spring.

Gelsemium sempervirens
Reaching for the sky in the September after planting
Carolina jasmine, false jessamine
In full bloom, early March of the following year

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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