This colorful vine is usually hardy only to Zone 7, but Margarita (named for the breeder's wife) lets gardeners a lot further north grow it! The blooms are exceptionally large, and a happy vine will have thousands of blooms in early spring. Grow it up a tree or trellis, or let it cascade down a wall or fence; you can cut it back to the ground in late winter to keep it shorter and encourage denser growth. Prefers moist, rich, well-drained soil, but tolerates drought, poor soil, heat and humidity, too. Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita'.
Zones 5 (with protection)-9, 3" pot.
Botanical Name: Gelsemium sempervirens 'Margarita'
Common Name: Carolina Jessamine, Carolina Jasmine
Form: Semi-evergreen to deciduous vine
Root System: Fibrous
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade/Full Sun
Height/Habit: 8 - 10'
Spread: 4 - 5'
Spacing: 4 - 5'
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Flowering Date: Late spring. May repeat in fall if conditions are favorable.
Duration: 2 - 3 weeks.
Cut Flowers: No
Dried Flowers: No
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: Enjoy a profuse display of bright clear yellow trumpet blooms with a light sweet fragrance in spring. This is a vine that exhibits restrained growth, so it would be easy to train or trim back for any area that needs a flowing bank of color. Attractive vine to plant near a wall, where it can spill over the edge, or can be used in a large container. Acts semi-evergreen toward the south, more deciduous in the north.
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Form: Funnel-shaped, approximately 1" long in clusters along the leaf axil.
Foliage Type: Opposite, oblong to lanceolate, shiny evergreen leaves.
Fragrance: Light sweet fragrance
Pruning: Trim to any desired size. Will take a hard pruning in early spring to control growth.
Pruning Time: Late winter or early spring.
Soil Requirement: Well-drained, slightly moist soil that is slightly acidic.
Additional Information: Gold Medal Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
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