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Yellow Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens

The state flower of South Carolina is Yellow Jessamine.  In February of 1924 the General Assembly of SC adopted this indigenous vine which is found statewide from coastal plain through the Sand Hills and Piedmont to the Blue RidgeRegion. 

Classified as a climbing evergreen vine, this native US and Central American plant can reach 20 feet as it scampers across fields and climbs trees.  It is one of the first signs of spring in SC as the trumpet shaped yellow flowers appear.  Its fragrance is very similar to true Jasmine and imparts a sweet perfume beloved by many generations of South Carolinians.

Common names are Carolina Jessamine and Poor Man’s Rope. The flowers, leaves, and roots are poisonous.



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The Greater Greenville Master Gardener Association, encourages gardening by developing and implementing educational, beautification and preservation programs on horticulture. The GGMG Community Grant Program fosters these education and horticultural goals.

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Master Gardener Area Events:

Aug. 21- Houseplants 101 by Polly Powell
7:00 - 8:00 pm, Greer Public Library

8:00 am – Noon, Fountain Inn Farmers Market

Aug. 26 - Getting Ready for Fall from the Outside In
by Hedy Dreskin
7:00 - 8:00 pm, Taylors Public Library

Aug. 30- Gardening with Native Plants by Pat Tuleibitz

September 2 Birds in the Garden By Jan Bowman
7:00 – 8:00 pm Middle Tyger Library

September 11 Spring Bulbs By Suzy Seagrave
7:00 – 8:00 pm Mauldin Public Library

September 13 Medicinal Herbs of the Middle Ages By Polly Powell 2:00 – 3:00 pm Upcountry History Museum
Advance registration is recommended by calling 864-467-3100 or emailing

September 16 Water Conservation/Rain Barrels By Suzy Boghani
7:00 – 8:00 pm Augusta Road Public Library

September 18 Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening By Jessi Spring
7:00 – 8:00 pm Berea Public Library

September 20 Fall Vegetable Gardening By Jessi Spring 10:00 – 11:00 am Travelers Rest Farmers Market

Sept. 19 - 20 Autumn Fest at the State Farmers Market in Greenville
10:00 - 11:00 am, Travelers Rest Farmers Market

September 20 Fall Vegetable Gardening By Jessi Spring 10:00 – 11:00 am Travelers Rest Farmers Market

Oct. 23 24th Annual SC Midlands MG Symposium - “Gateway To Gardening...Tomorrow and Beyond,”
Columbia Conference Center, Columbia, S.C.
Early Bird Registration due By August 25.