Gelsemium sempervirens

Yellow Jesamine, Carolina Jasamine

Gelsemiaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Vine
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen
Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers, Interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Train on a fence or arbor, allow to climb trees. Can be used as a groundcover but does not bloom well with that use.
Propagation:
Availability:Big box stores, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
  

Attracts hummingbirds.  Birds attracted to the fruits include warblers, grosbeaks, cardinals, mockinbirds, titmice, chickadees, and thrashers. 

Insects:
  

Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Bees include Habropoda laboriosa, Bornbus griseocollis, B. impatiens and Xylocopa virgilzica Krornbeini (Deyrup et al. 2002).

Native Habitats:Mesic to xeric hardwood forests and upland mixed forests, secondary woods, bluffs, floodplains, flatwoods, ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

Ethnobotany:Toxic if eaten. Used in homeopathic medicine.
General Comments:Blooms in late winter. Fragrant.