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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Espalier
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Flowers and all other parts of the plant contain toxic alkaloids.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Sep 3, 2014 6:44 PM

This is a Florida native, so don't shy away from planting it in this state. It is evergreen, so it looks nice year round, something that is appreciated in the northern part of the state. It is tolerant of drought, but grows much faster in moist locations.
All parts of Carolina Jessamine are poisonous. The sap can be a skin irritant in some people.
It has few problems with pests or diseases.
Pollinators love it. Hummingbirds go gaga over it, and it blooms early in the year, ready for those hummers who are heading back north or the ones returning to north Florida.
If it seems to get out of control, don't worry. It's easy to pull up unwanted portions or volunteers.
It seems to light up the tops of the trees it has grown up into when it blooms in spring, especially if those are deciduous trees.
Also works great as a ground cover and along steep banks.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 23, 2011 11:43 AM

Carolina Jasmine is a hardy evergreen vine that can attain heights to 20 feet if grown in shady conditions. When grown in bright sun it will attain a more compact and bushy form. The beautiful yellow blooms in late winter and early spring are very fragrant. This vine can either be grown on vertical supports like an arbor or trellis, or left without supports to drape over containers or walls. In shady gardens it will climb up the trees to reach sunlight. The Carolina Jasmine is cold hardy to zone 7 but can be killed by frequent freezes.

I grow this as a container plant with a trellis here in my Florida garden and it's one of my favorites with the beautiful fragrant yellow blooms.

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Posted by LindaTX8 (Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Mar 4, 2012 10:25 AM

Just one plant is huge and it's in full sun, so nothing compact about it. It used the chain fence for support. Butterflies and hummingbirds come to this plant for early nectar source!

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Posted by zuzu (Northern California - Zone 9a) on Sep 1, 2012 1:53 AM

Just a warning about the fragrance. It can be cloying. When I lived in Piedmont years ago, where this plant is almost invasive and seems to be a fixture in most gardens, my neighbors and I couldn't fall asleep at night unless we closed all the windows when it was in bloom. The scent was so strong that it kept us up at night otherwise.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 16, 2013 4:10 PM

South Carolina's state flower.

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Posted by RadlyRootbound (East-Central Mississippi - Zone 8a) on Jul 1, 2018 9:03 PM

I noticed a couple of Carolina Jasmine specimens growing as volunteers on some oak saplings on part of my lot I had reclaimed from a blackberry and honeysuckle bramble the year before. Once I noticed them (due to the unexpected blooms), I began to look more closely at the growth around other trees and found many other specimens that had not bloomed yet, possibly because they were too young or were only then able to compete once the blackberries and honeysuckle were removed. The area I cleared is to be my garden, and these native volunteers are more than welcome, although some may need to be relocated to more appropriate spots.

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Plant Events from our members
GaNinFl On September 12, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Took cuttings to attempt my first ever development of new plants using this method.
PlantNut On June 1, 2016 Obtained plant
Brought with us when moved right after purchasing. Hope to put out on sunny side of house this fall.
tabbycat On April 10, 2021 Plant emerged
Some lower old dead some with green sprouting
tabbycat On March 15, 2021 Bloomed
Way up vitex but saw fallen flowers
tabbycat On February 25, 2020 Bloomed
Slight sweet smell & fallen flowers from vine up my 10' Vitex.
piksihk On April 6, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Both survived the freeze, they are in pots. Didn't lose much leaves either.
piksihk On November 11, 2020 Harvested
Seed pods
piksihk On March 5, 2020 Bloomed
M & S have in container; the Ali's blooming over our fence
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