Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gelsemium sempervirens

Gelsemium sempervirens is a vine with multiple common names including Carolina Jasmine, Yellow Jasmine, Evening Trumpetflower, Gelsemium, Poor Man’s Rope and Woodbine. It is a plant that will typically grow 3-6m high when given climbing support and is an evergreen plant. The flowers are yellow, grow in clusters and are scented. Flowering occurs in early spring and early autumn. This plant is also poisonous. Growth is fast and taking care of this species of plant is easy.

It can be grown ornamentally on walls and can make a screen over an area provided if given support. Full sun is best for this plant, but it can be grown in partial sun.  This plant is adaptable, proving to be a tough plant tolerant of the cold and heat. Moist, humus rich and acidic soils are preferred, yet can adapt to other pH levels. Soil can be sand, loam or clay.

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