Gelsemium sempervirens

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Yellow Jesamine, Carolina Jasamine


Plant Specifics

Size:To 25 ft long vines.  
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms late winter. Moderately-long lived (Nelson 2003).
Habitats:Mesic to xeric hardwood forests and upland mixed forests, secondary woods, bluffs, floodplains, flatwoods, ruderal.


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.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand



Attracts hummingbirds. 

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

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