SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gelsemium sempervirens
COMMON NAME(S): Carolina jessamine, yellow jessamine
FAMILY: LOGANIACEAE - Buddleja family
ORIGIN: Southeastern United States
HABITAT: Woods, cultivated landscapes
HEIGHT: Up to 15'
CHARACTERISTICS: Stems slender and twining
LEAVES: Opposite, lance-shaped, narrow, 2-4" long, dark green
FLOWERS: Showy, yellow trumpets, 1-2" long
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Capsule with a short beak
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Many alkaloids
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: A cause of contact dermatitis in sensitive individuals, Carolina jessamine is also a deadly poison if ingested.