‘Margarita’ Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) will find its way into your heart with golden yellow, sweetly fragrant trumpet flowers that bloom from spring to early summer. Growing up to 12 feet, this tidy semi-evergreen vine is perfect near an entrance, or trailing along a fence or trellis where you and the hummingbirds can enjoy it. ‘Margarita’ is unique among Gelsemium as it is surprisingly cold hardy, allowing those in colder zones to experience its lovely flowers.
‘Margarita’ Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) showers the spring garden with fragrant clear yellow trumpet flowers. Growing to 12' long, this vine will flower from spring to summer with pollinator-friendly, deer resistant color. Plant it in a full sun to light shade location in compost-enriched soil where it can be given medium moisture (it will tolerate short dry spells). Located near a patio or entry it will add a light fragrance along with its colorful blooms. Try one near a green shrub where it will weave its way through the branches turning a simple shrub into a colorful addition to the garden. Fences, walls, and containers are also nice locations for ‘Margarita.’ 8-12' tall x 1-5' wide.
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Margarita Carolina Jessamine
Gelsemium sempervirens Margarita
6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
96-144" (8-12' tall)
12-60" (1-5' wide)
Late spring to early summer
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Compost Enriched Garden Loam Soil
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Native, Easy To Grow
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Preferred growing conditions:
Check each species soil preferences before planting. Some do well in clay while others do not.
Mulch with common mulching materials. As they get larger (2 ft. or more in height), thicken the mulch layer to a depth of 2-3 inches.
Even xeric (waterwise) species will establish better and grow more quickly when given regular irrigation during the first 3 years in the garden. As they begin to reach maturity, watering frequency can be reduced to a good deep soaking every 10 to 14 days during the heat of summer.
Plant in full sun or part sun depending on plant preference.
Dig a wide but shallow hole and enrich the soil with ample amounts of compost and Yum Yum. This will help them to grow and mature more quickly.
Most native shrubs and trees are highly recommended for providing wildlife habitat (nesting spots, fruit or seeds for songbirds and mammals, nectar for pollinators).
They are excellent for use to grow as natural (un-sheared!) hedges along fences, property lines and driveways. They live for many years once established.
Fertilize in the fall with Yum Yum Mix and good quality compost. This is most important during the first 3 years in the landscape. Established plants don't need to be fertilized (unless growth is stunted by extremely poor soils).
Where browsing animals (rabbits, deer and others) are a problem, it is advisable to protect young plants with a wire cage. These can be removed after 3-4 years in the ground.
Mulching is essential to maintain the soil moisture these woody plants need to establish their deep growing roots. Be sure and replenish the mulch in fall and summer to keep it sufficiently deep.
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