Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita' Carolina Jasmine



Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita' is Southeastern US native plant with warm southern charm. Also called "Carolina Jasmine" or "Carolina Jessamine", this vigorous vine is the state flower of South Carolina.

The profusion of fragrant, bright yellow flowers in spring are a real treat for early season bumblebees and other native pollinators. 'Margarita' blooms on old growth, so cut it back just after blooming if desired. Its evergreen leaves turn bronze in winter.

Gelsimium 'Margarita' Carolina Jasmine is reliably hardy in zone 7 and warmer, and can sometimes be overwintered in zone 6. It prefers moist, rich, well-draining soil, but will tolerate poor soil.

'Margarita' Carolina Jasmine is gorgeous climbing fences and trellises, and is a must-have for native and pollinator gardens!


  • Common Names: Carolina Jasmine, Carolina Jessamine, Yellow Jessamine
  • Zones: 7-10
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist, well-draining
  • Height at Maturity: 10'-20'
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Evergreen. Fragrant. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info


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