Carolina Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens

Regular price $16

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Carolina Jessamine, or Yellow Jasmine as it’s sometimes called, is a spectacular native vine that begins flowering with the arrival of warmer weather in early spring.

  • Yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds
  • Evergreen leaves
  • Deer resistant


  • Twining vine 10 to 20 ft. or more, if growing up a tree to reach light
  • Vigorous growth habit, but generally well-behaved
  • Flowers release a lovely fragrance similar to baby powder
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7, 8, 9 and 10

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering usually starts in early March and can continue for 3 to 4 weeks.

How to grow

Carolina Jessamine is very adaptable and can grow in many types of soil, including sand and clay. Once established, plants can tolerate extended drought and periodic flooding with ease.

Care and maintenance

Carefree if sited where it has space to mature. If necessary, vines can be cut back after flowering and they will bloom the following spring. Vines need to be trained or tied to a support until they start twining themselves around their climbing structure.

Where to plant

Along fences and up trellis’s to create an attractive living wall of green. They also look stunning when trained up arbors and along deck railings.

When to plant

In the South can be planted anytime that the ground is not frozen. For gardeners further north, we recommend planting in spring or early summer to get plants established before winter.


Carolina Jessamine is fast-growing, and one plant can cover 100 sq. ft. of space over a 3 to 5 year period. If planting along a fence, space plants 6 to 10 ft. apart.

When will my plant flower?

Plants shipped in February or March will be in bud or flower. Plants purchased after March will flower the following year.

Native habitat and range

At the edges of dry and wet woods. Native from Virginia and southeast Tennessee into northern Florida and east Texas.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from cuttings off a plant that was originally grown from seed collected in Pender County, NC.

States Cost per order
AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV $12
AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI $14
IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX $16
CO, NE, ND, and SD $18


Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.

When will my order be shipped?

All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.

How will my plants get delivered?

Most orders are shipped via UPS Ground with some smaller orders being delivered by USPS Priority Mail.

Are your plants shipped in their containers?

Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.

Do you guarantee your plants?

We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know. If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.

Can I return my plants?

You can return your plants if you no longer want them once they arrive. To receive a refund (minus 15% restocking fee) the plants must be returned in good condition. Return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel my order?

If you cancel an order and the plants have been pulled and prepared for packing and shipping, there is a 15% restocking fee.

What about sales tax?

We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.

Where can I find information about your plants?

Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.