Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
    Jessamine Family

    This evergreen, twining vine is one of the first signs of spring when its canary yellow flowers begin to open in February. After the long bloom time, the plant remains extremely attractive with its dark, glossy green leaves that take on red tones in the cooler months. Flowering is best in full sun, but it can tolerate close to full shade. It can easily climb trellises or trees, but can also make a great evergreen groundcover. Plant will sucker and  root into the ground where nodes touch soil–this can provide erosion control on steep slopes. Vine can also be made to trail downwards over walls.

    Blooms: Yellow, 4-8 weeks, Feb-April
    Leaves: Dark green, glossy, red tones in winter, evergreen
    Height: 10-20’
    Space: 4-6’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun-Part shade-Shade
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, winter cover for animals
    Seeds: 1.5” brown flattened capsule contains dozens of papery seeds
    Zone: 6-10
    Deer Resistance: High
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Piedmont and Sandhills, uncommon in the Mountains
    Provenance: NC, seed grown