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
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.
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.
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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I bought this wonderful vine to cover an unsightly old potting shed at our old home in town. It grew and grew and the flowers smelled wonderful. It had covered the whole top and side of the potting shed. I loved it so much, we moved to the farm,and I am going to do the same on my new shed. the color is so bright, I just can't say enough. Maggie