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Friday, January 3, 2014

Flower Friday plant profile

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
 
Florida thickets and fence lines sparkle in early spring with the flowers of Carolina Jessamine vine where its light scent can perfume the air. It is frequently seen as an open trailing groundcover in the woods and also creates cascades of  brilliant yellow as it grows up into trees and trails off branches. Carolina Jessamine will attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies who visit its tubular flowers.
 
Family: Gelsemium Family (Gelsemiaceae)
Hardiness: Most of north, central and south Florida
Growth Habit: Slender twining vine up to 20 feet long with glossy evergreen leaves. Tubular yellow flowers bloom from December to April.
Soil: Adaptable; dry to moderately moist soil
Exposure: Shade to sun (best bloom requires full sun)
 
Garden tips: Warning — all parts of this plant are poisonous if swallowed. Do not plant in areas frequented by children or pets. This easy-to-grow vine adapts well on fences and trellises where its small leaves and twining stems create an airy, light appearance. Growth is moderately fast but can be contained or shaped with pruning. Propagate plants by cuttings and suckers, or purchase seeds, if available.

Click here to find a native nursery that sells Carolina Jessamine.

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