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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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2014 GGMG Community Grant Program -
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.

Deadline for receipt of Community Grant Applications by GGMGA: 5:00pm September 30, 2014. Click here for application.

   
     

Master Gardener Area Events:

Oct. 6 Gardening with Annuals by Deb Schneider
7-8pm - Augusta Rd Library, Greenville
SC Birds in the Garden by Jan Bowman
7-8pm – Taylors Library, Taylors, SC
Oct. 7 Concrete Leaf Casting by Kelly Toadvine
6-7pm - Middle Tyger Library, Lyman SC
Oct. 9 Shade Perrenials by Bobbi Anderson
7-8pm - Greer Library, Greer SC
Oct. 16 Terrariums by Terry Gentry
7-8pm - Simpsonville Library, Simpsonville SC
Oct. 20 Building a Cold Frame by Suzy Boghani
7-8pm - Pelham Road Library, Greenville SC
Oct. 21 Wicked Plants by Polly Powell
7-8pm - Berea Library, Greenville SC
Oct. 23 Compostology by Barbara Wilder
7-8pm - Mauldin Library, Mauldin SC
Oct. 23-24 Annual SC Midlands MG Symposium -
“Gateway To Gardening...Tomorrow and Beyond,”
Columbia Conference Center, Columbia, S.C.
Early Bird Registration due By August 25.
http://scmmga.org



 
       

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