Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
This photo was taken at Hyams Garden Center, Charleston, SC.
Carolina Jessamine is one of the most beautiful vines of the South. It covers fences and trees in open woodlands and along roadsides throughout the Southeast with its slender vines and bright yellow fragrant flowers that bloom in late February to early April. This South Carolina State flower has become popular world-wide.
Carolina Jessamine grows well in sun or shade, but will produce the heaviest flower crop in more sun. It climbs by twining. All parts of this plant are poisonous so insects or diseases rarely trouble Carolina jessamine. Deer will not eat it.
The shiny evergreen leaves are 1 to 3 inches long on 10-to-20-foot tall vines. The yellow trumpet-shaped blooms are 1 to 1½ inches long