Gelsemium sempervirens (L.) J.St.Hil.

Evening Trumpetflower, Carolina Jessamine (Jasmine)

Flower stem

Flower stem


Family: Gelsemiaceae

Genus: Gelsemium

Category: Vine - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 10 to 20'

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Fragrant yellow flowers in spring. Leaves linear to 3" long. Twining vine with wiry stems. All parts poisonous.


Published in Expos. Fam. Nat. 1: 338 in 1805.

Basionym Bignonia sempervirens L.

From IPNI [quote: Reference to the basionym indirect (via "Catesb. Car. 1. 53"; referred by both Linnaeus & J. Saint-Hilaire).]

Native to the southeast US and Texas and Gautemala and Honduras. State flower of South Carolina.

My Experience: 

I grew this vine in North Carolina. It became most unruly, taking over the whole shrub bed and rooting itself everywhere.

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