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Plant Details

Gelsemium sempervirens

Carolina Jessamine

Scientific Name:

Gelsemium sempervirens

Common Name:

Carolina Jessamine

Plant Family

Gelsemiaceae (Jessamine Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Vine

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Full-sun

Soil Moisture:

Hygric, Mesic, Sub-mesic, Sub-xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

March - April - early May

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

In a wide range of habitats, from swamp forests to dryuplands and thickets, also commonly planted as an ornamental per weakley

Flower buds

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Paynter, Wilmington, March 30, 2011

Flowers

The intensely fragrant flowers appear in late winter or early spring.

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Vine in bloom

Carolina Jessamine blooms heavily and can climb high even on pines. It often forms tangled thickets.

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Twining stems

Reddish brown, slender but very strong stems climb by twining.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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