Carolina Jessasmine is one of the most beautiful vines of the south. It covers fences and trees in open woodlands and along roadsides throughout the Southeast with its slender vines and bright yellow flowers.
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Carolina Jessasmine is one of the most beautiful vines of the south. It covers fences and trees in open woodlands and along roadsides throughout the Southeast with its slender vines and bright yellow flowers. It is the state flower of South Carolina. Carolina Jessasmine grows to 20 feet or more when grown as a vine. It can also be grown as a groundcover, maintained with a yearly cutting in later spring after flowering to three feet or less. This vine’s growth rate is moderate, growing rapidly once established or with rich soil and adequate water. It’s sweetly scented golden yellow flowers cascade fine textured foliage from February to April. The trumpet shaped blooms are attractive to both butterflies and bumblebees. The shiny evergreen leaves are 1 to 3 inches long on 10 to 20 foot tall vines.
- Easy to grow
- Tolerates either full sun or partial shade
- Zones 6 to 9
Carolina Jessasmine is easy to grow. It is attractive on an arbor where the slender branches hung with yellow flowers can be seen from below. This plant will stay in scale and can be used on decks, porches and near patios and entryways. It is good in containers and as a groundcover along steep banks to help control erosion.
Plant from containers during cool fall weather. Space plants 3′ apart as groundcover and 4-8′ apart for fence or trellis climbers. Fertilize while plant is actively growing with moderate amounts of slow-release balanced fertilizer. Older vines that become top heavy or sparse can be pruned back to a few feet above ground level after flowering. Remove dead or broken branches and shape the plant each year after bloom. Mow groundcovers every few years to maintain density.
Note: All parts of this plant are very poisonous. The sap may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Children can be poisoned by sucking the nectar from the flowers. Insects or diseases are rarely a problem on Carolina jessamine. Deer and rabbits will not eat it.