CAROLINA JESSAMINE (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a southern heirloom and fragrant beauty. Also called "Evening Trumpetflower" and "The Pride of Augusta" because of its abundance near that southern city, it is also the state flower of South Carolina. Carolina Jessamine is a climbing evergreen vine that can reach heights of 30'. It scrambles over walls and up trees. It bears flowers of bright yellow with a trumpet shape that bloom from December to March and are deliciously fragrant - what a treat at that time of the year! Easy to grow and used as a landscape plant, trellised, or even as a ground cover. ALL PARTS OF THIS PLANT ARE EXTREMELY POISONOUS - especially to children, pets or livestock if eaten. One strategy is to remove flowering portions at ground level. It is an important food source for butterflies who don't seem harmed by it. It is also used extensively by the perfume industry since its unique and wonderful fragrance can't be reproduced synthetically! 10 seeds. CERTIFIED ORGANIC
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Herbalists have long used yellow jessamine to treat eye ailments.
GROWING TIPS: Sow in spring in regular garden soil to rich loam in a one gallon pot. Germination in 30 days at 70 degrees. Wait one year to transplate into a partial shade area where it can stretch into the sun. Provide something for it to climb - tree, fence, trellis. Allow seed pods to dry on plant and break open to collect seeds.
CHERRYGAL HEIRLOOM GARDEN SEEDS & PLANTS offer hundreds of heirloom and vintage open-pollinated varieties! Most have histories dating back centuries and are tried and true producers. Some are rare, or threatened with extinction. When you grow a plant from heirloom seed and save that seed, you are participating in a practice that goes back for generations. Our grandparents and their grandparents grew these varieties. Often the seeds were prized possessions carried to the New World when they emigrated.
Ever notice how most seed catalogs require you to buy (and pay for) much more seed than you could ever possibly use in a season? If you have a budget for garden seeds, this limits your choices! Although seeds can be viable for longer than one growing season, it requires that they be stored at a consistent temperature and humidity. Few of us do this. CherryGal sizes its seed packets for the home gardener, because we know you may want to grow 5 different lettuces, or three different corns, and don’t want to have to take out a second mortgage to do so! CHERRYGAL SEEDS ARE A TREMENDOUS BARGAIN!
All seeds offered are FRESH stock, with high germination rates. Varieties are specially selected for home gardeners. If you want the flavor you remember from grandma's kitchen garden or the beauty of her cottage flowers, choose CHERRYGAL HEIRLOOM SEEDS.
ABOUT OPEN-POLLINATED SEEDS . . . All CherryGal Heirloom Seeds are heirlooms (dating at least 100 years) or vintage (mid-20th Century or older) OPEN-POLLINATED varieties. This means saved seed will be true to the parent. Don't be dazzled by the never-ending array of hybrid seeds promoted by gardening suppliers. First, seeds from that produce will not grow true to the parent -- you have to keep buying hybrid seed. Second, most hybrids are developed for market – not home -- growers with an emphasis on extended shelf life, storage and shipping qualities -- NOT flavor, texture and all those other elements that home growers seek.
All CHERRYGAL HEIRLOOM SEEDS come from reputable growers (most of them small farms) and wherever possible ORGANIC suppliers (so noted). By buying CHERRYGAL SEEDS you are supporting the growing worldwide movement of SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE and with a little practice you will be able to save even more money in the future by growing open-pollinated varieties and saving seed for next year. Please Note: CherryGal Heirloom Seeds are guaranteed to be fresh stock, but are not guaranteed as to results (sorry - we wish we could, but there are too many variables in gardening) so please do not ask to return. However, we think you will be pleased and would like to hear about your gardening success!
SHIPPING: I endeavor to ship my seeds as quickly as possible - usually within 24 - 48 hours. If there is a need for more time, as in the case of resupply or early 2008 initial supply, you will be advised at time of purchase and shipped as soon as possible. In the event an item becomes unavailable or temporarily out of stock I will offer you a chance to substitute another selection or refund you immediately. I package my seeds for shipping in a manner appropriate to the amount and type of seed - larger orders and larger seeds require more packaging. I also combine multiple orders of the same seed variety, where practical, in one envelope unless you request otherwise. This is an ecological measure, not a cost-saving one.