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

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.

Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.