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Jasmine - Carolina

Jasmine - Carolina
Jasmine - Carolina Jasmine - Carolina Jasmine - Carolina
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Gelsemium sempervirens
Features Carolina jessamine is a favorite native vine for gardeners in the south, because it puts on a spectacular display of masses of fragrant yellow flowers in the spring, it’s evergreen, and it's a robust grower with no serious diseases or pests. The small, opposite, ovate leaves are widely spaced on wiry reddish stems that climb by twining. Carolina jessamine flowers most profusely in the full sun, but will also flower in the shade. It will twine on trellises and over supports on fences and walls, and can even be used as a dense groundcover. All parts of the plant are poisonous. Although it is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Carolina "jasmine," true jasmines belong to the genus Jasminum.
Exposure Full sun or partial shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 7 to 9
Mature Size 10' Tall, 20' Wide
Genus Description Gelsemium is a genus of 3 species of evergreen, twining, perennial climbers from S. E. Asia, S. North America, and Central America, usually found in woodland. They are grown for their funnel-shaped, sweetly fragrant flowers, which have 5 petal lobes, borne singly or in small, terminal and axillary clusters. Leaves are simple, entire, and arranged in opposite pairs. Where not hardy, grow in a cool or temperate greenhouse. In warmer climates, train over an arbor, pergola, or arch, or against a wall. Gelsemium sempervirens (or Carolina jasmine) is a vigorous, slender, twining perennial with stems that spiral counterclockwise, and oblong to narrowly ovate, glossy, leaves, to 2 inches long. Bears clusters, 2-3 inches across, of fragrant, bright, pale to deep yellow flowers, 1 inch long, with darker, orange throats, mainly in spring and summer.
Care Tips
Cultivation Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in full or bright filtered light. Top-dress or pot on in spring. During the growing season, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Outdoors, grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade, with shelter from cold, drying winds. “Spur prone” by cutting back side shoots to within 3 or 4 buds of permanent framework annually, after flowering. Thin out overcrowded shoots.
Pests and Diseases May become affected by a number of different fungal leaf, stem, and root diseases. Scale insects and whiteflies are common under greenhouse conditions.

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