South Carolina State Flower – Carolina Jessamine

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LOCATED:

In the United States, the Carolina Jasmine is common in the coastal plains and piedmont regions (from Virginia down to south Florida and west to Arkansas and Texas).

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FACTS:

  • People use Jasmine and Jessamine as two variations of the same word
    • But the state flower is NOT part of the Jasmine family
  • Botanical Name: Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Blooms in very late winter to early spring and with enough sun light it will bloom again in Autumn
  • No serious disease or insect problems
  • Highly resistant to damage from deer and other wildlife
  • Highly resistant to salt and other environmental factors
  • Highly aromatic
  • Highly poisonous

HOW TO SPOT IT:

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  • Twining, evergreen vine
  • Narrow, glossy evergreen leaves (will develop a slight yellow or purple tent during the winter
  • Yellow, trumpet shaped blooms/flowers
  • 5 inch long capsules within the bloom

 

ENVIRONMENT:

  • Very adaptable and tenacious
  • The Carolina Jessamine LOVES SUN
  • Thrives in environments with plenty of space and moist, well-drained soil

2856_800x600This evergreen vine will climb trees, fences, and latticework at a very rapid rate.

49574Also, found in abandoned fields where it can act as a ground cover. When planted on a bank or slope, the flower will serve as a bushy, rambling groundcover.

USES:

  • Provides extreme weather and winter cover.
  • Essential oils are extracted to make perfume, candles, and lotions

     AND

  • With the proper training, this flower can be used for many decorative purposes.

PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Water before planting
  • Plant in full to part sun (full sun is better)
  • Dig hole 3x the width of the pot
  • Cover soil with mulch

 

MAINTENANCE:

  • Prune in early spring to maintain shape
  • Keep soil moist
  • Maintain mulch layer
  • Fertilize 2 to 3 times during the growing season
  • Train with elastic stretch ties

ATTRACTS:

Butterflies and Hummingbirds

OTHER NAMES:

Yellow Jessamine, Carolina Jessamine, Poor Man’s Rope, Evening Trumpet Flower, Gelber Jasmine, Sariyasemin, Swamp Jessamine, The Mailbox Plant,

WARNING!!!

Do not mistake this plant as a honeysuckle. The Carolina Jessamine is highly piousness and can cause death and other serious illness’s when consumed.

LETS COLOR:

Pull out the coloring pencils, crayons, or markers and get creative!

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References

http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/198500715.html

https://www.horrycounty.org/Portals/0/Docs/PlanningandZoning/LandscapeBook.pdf

https://www.plantingtree.com/products/carolina-yellow-jessamine?variant=9420521537583&gclid=CjwKCAjwyqTqBRAyEiwA8K_4O_K2g4GR_N2gewJEP0lOaVndupxR1UVNMLjJe0KelxG6hbwyUsRhqhoC_kMQAvD_BwE#tabs-4

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=GESE

https://www.scdot.org/inside/pdf/trustfund/CommittedThru-Detail.pdf

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Author: Seth H. June

Myrtle Beach Realtor - Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Regional VP (2017-2018) - Student - Mentor - Recovery and Mental Health - Boykin Spaniels - Coastal Living

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