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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. The photo at top left shows it soon after it was planted, 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 (photo top right), it was reaching for more support well above the fence and the trellis we gave it to climb on. So we're looking forward to next year, when hopefully we'll have a nice flower show on a much larger vine.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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